Washing the car is an activity like mowing the lawn that some people love and others find to be an absolute chore. For the latter group, Nissan may have an answer. Nissan is testing a nano-paint coating that could make the car wash a very infrequent place to visit.

Shown on a European Note hatchback, the key is a special layer of super-hydrophobic and oleophobic material called Ultra-Ever Dry that is sprayed over the paint. It creates a protective layer between the body and environment, and it means that when dirt or water come into contact with the car, the gunk just sheets away.

Nissan admits that the coating is still early in testing. The key will be if the stuff can actually last for the long term, and the company will be analyzing it over the coming months to see how it will react in different conditions. At the moment, the automaker has no plans to offer Ultra-Ever Dry as a standard feature, but it may make it available as an aftermarket addition in the future. Scroll down to watch the video of Nissan testing the stuff in some very dirty conditions.
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Nissan develops first "self-cleaning" car prototype

Nissan tests innovative nano-paint technology which repels dirt
European model Nissan Note is first car to trial paint which could make car washes obsolete
Potential aftermarket application being investigated by Nissan engineers in Europe

ROLLE, Switzerland – Washing a car can be a chore – and a costly one at that. In response, Nissan in Europe has begun tests on innovative paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt, meaning drivers may never have to clean their car again.

The specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint, which repels water and oils, has been applied to the all-new European market Nissan Note to create the world's first self-cleaning car.

To assess the real-world effectiveness of the super-hydrophobic as a potential aftermarket application, engineers at Nissan Technical Centre Europe will be testing the self-cleaning Note over the coming months in a variety of conditions.

Nissan is the first carmaker to apply the technology, called Ultra-Ever Dry®, on automotive bodywork. By creating a protective layer of air between the paint and environment, it effectively stops standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the car's surface.

So far, the coating, which is being marketed and sold by UltraTech International Inc®, has responded well to common use cases including rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water. Whilst there are currently no plans for the technology to be applied to the model as standard, Nissan will continue to consider the coating technology as a future aftermarket option.

"The Nissan Note has been carefully engineered to take the stress out of customer driving, and Nissan's engineers are constantly thinking of new ways to make families' lives easier," said Geraldine Ingham, Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan Note. "We are committed to addressing everyday problems our customers face and will always consider testing exciting, cutting edge technology like this incredible coating application."

About Nissan in Europe
Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 14,500 staff across locally based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 635,000 vehicles including mini-MPVs, award-winning crossovers, SUVs, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the worlds most popular Electric Vehicle with 97% performance satisfaction and 95% of customers willing to recommend the car to friends. Nissan now offers 24 diverse and innovative products for sale in Europe today, and is positioned to become the number one Asian brand in Europe.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Should be phased in to the luxury division first, rather than their cheapest vehicle.
      • 1 Year Ago
      "son, when i was your age we used to have to wash our cars and walk up hill both ways in the..."
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's GREAT!!! I wonder how durable the paint is in the long run and if it's self cleaning properties will be just as good in 5 to 10 years.
      • 1 Year Ago
      That freaking awesome ! About time auto makers caught on
      Basil Exposition
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is truly awesome. This is the kind of innovation I can get excited about. I would be willing to pay a hefty premium for this option!
      • 1 Year Ago
      WOW that video seems disingenuous ! It appears Nissan sprayed a note with a widely available commercial product, Ultra-Ever Dry, then made a video stating "they" developed the first self cleaning car. By developed do they mean; sprayed a product on?
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love how at the end Nissan says "Nissan Note, the first self-cleaning car brought to you by Nissan" without mentioning that a Nissan Note with this capability can't be bought. We brought it to you, you just can't have it.
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      • 1 Year Ago
      Show me after a month of road salt.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would be nice to see Nissan worry about the design of their cars instead of the cleanliness. Right now they easily have the ugliest line up of cars on the road. Those bulbous and cheap looking cars aren't going to age well, considering how dated they already look.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nissan needs a paint that sheds it's ugliness.
        • 1 Year Ago
        its.....not it's
        • 1 Year Ago
        No kidding. Ugliest cars on the road. The Z was a lovely car, now it's a catfish. And it's one of the less nauseating-looking cars in their lineup! A co-worker just showed up with a brand new Nissan Sentra. What an uninspired appliance, inside and out. My only questions for him were: "Did you do any research?" "Why didn't you check out the Mazda3 and Ford Focus?", and "Is there any way to get out of the lease?" I showed him some pics of the Mazda3 and he just looked completely heartbroken...
      • 1 Year Ago
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