This is a glow-in-the-dark Nissan Leaf. No, we’re not having you on – this is actually happening.
A glow-in-the-dark Nissan Leaf? What?
Well, when we looked at different types of paint finish last month, we didn’t see this one coming either.
In accordance with the Nissan Leaf’s green credentials the effect is achieved by the absorption of the ultraviolet band of sunlight during the day, charging the paint to slowly emit a soft blue light for 8-10 hours.
The principle derives from a technique used to illuminate pathways at night, developed by a company called Pro-Teq. The “starpath” finish is a coating sprayed onto tarmac to illuminate them at night, reducing the need for street lights, requiring less electricity and producing no light pollution.
The inventor of that product, Hamish Scott, has worked with Nissan to achieve this eye-catching effect. Although the exact formulation is secret, Nissan revealed that it contains the same photoluminescent compound as the starpath tech – strontium aluminate – and the effect should last for 25 years.
How much does a glow-in-the-dark Nissan Leaf cost?
Nissan doesn’t have any plans to put it into production right now so there’s no way to know – but it won’t have to break the bank. Depending on the exact nature of the formulation it could set you back as little as £1,500 and for something this unusual it’d seem far more worthwhile than some of the ordinary special paint finishes.
We’ll let you know if Nissan has any plans to put this paint into mass production – we’re dying to see a pulsing Pulsar…