If you think washing the cars is no less than a botheration Nissan has got the answer for you! Yes, the iconic Nippon automaker is on its way to present the European auto market with a self-cleaning car which might give the car cleaner manufacturers a run for money in near future. As per the recent news reports, Nissan is experimenting with a ground-breaking self-cleaning facility with its Note (European edition) which comes coated with a cutting edge paint termed Ultra-Ever Dry.
The drivers who often taken to trips over muddy roads or are just too busy to clean up the grime build-up from their steam- Nissan’s revolutionary treatment could guarantee a complete end to inconvenient, time-consuming & costly car washes.
Ultra-Ever Dry is an oleophobic and super-hydrophobic paint that tends to repel oil and water, while maintaining an air layer in between the paint & mud, water or road spray. The famous Japanese car maker has confirmed positive results with the paint while pitted against rain splashes, spray, sleet, frost & standing water. The Super hydrophobic treatments increase contact-angle of the water droplets that enables an easy roll down of the liquid rather than staying stuck to the surface.
If water droplet is like some solid ball, imagine contact angle as the space in between the ball bottom & the resting surface. Liquids tend to stay stuck to surfaces if the contact-angle is less but would roll away when there is a high angle. Super hydrophobic surfaces combine 2 properties- less surface energy & super-roughness at microscopic level- to assure high contact angles. The roughness quotient creates minute air pockets which prop the liquid up whilst less surface energy guarantees less amount of free energy for bond creation.
Nissan is on a plan to include this super hydrophobic paint treatment with an estimate cost of nearly 450 pounds.
The famous Nippon car maker has even offered a video demonstration showing trials with the self-cleaning Note. The video has shown how mud and water are getting rolled off the car paint in huge beads. The super hydrophobic paint used by Nissan is developed from a revolutionary technology which is under the patent of an US firm called Ultra-Ever Dry. The paint is being tested on Nissan’s Bedfordshire based technical centre.
The esteemed Japanese car maker has reported that currently it’s not on the plan to apply the super hydrophobic self-clean paint on the production vehicles- but might deploy the technology as aftermarket option.