We all like to keep our cars meticulously clean and shiny, but the effort of actually washing the car has surely gotten to you at one point or another. There’s nothing worse than heavy rain after you’ve just finished washing your car. All that effort and time spent for nothing. What if you never had to wash your car however? Imagine a car that doesn’t require any sort of cleaning – sort of self-cleaning car. It’s always as spotless as the day it left the factory. Sounds too far-fetched? Think again.
Nissan is testing a new prototype which could make car washes a thing of the past. The self-cleaning car itself doesn’t actually perform a “wash” so to speak, at least not in the way a human or a machine would by applying water and soap to scrub off any debris. Instead, it uses innovative nano-paint treatment to prevent dirt from accumulating in the first place.
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The material is proven to work in the laboratory, but as we all know, the real world is always vastly different to everything else. To test whether it will hold up to the standards required by a production car, Nissan is putting it through its paces as we speak.
The super-hydrophobic, oleophobic treatment is dubbed Ultra-Ever Dry, and the way it works is rather fascinating. It uses, for all intents and purposes, a protective layer of air on top of the material to repel all water-based liquids and most oil-based ones as well. Even when driving the car through mud and dirt, the treatment is reportedly so effective that none of the grime sticks on the car.
The actual Ultra-Ever Dry was first launched in 2012 by Ultratech International. The concept has been around for quite a while, but it was only recently that someone (Nissan) decided to experiment with it in the automotive sphere. A so-called “phase-II” Ultra-Ever Dry debuted recently, with improved formula and pricing.
It’ll be a long time before we get to see such a protective treatment being offered as a factory option, but Nissan isn’t hiding the fact that they’re considering offering it as an aftermarket option should it complete all tests with good scores. What do you think of this groundbreaking technology? Is it too complicated and expensive, or a work of genius? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.