We’re not sure why any car needs glow-in-the-dark paint, but Nissan’s European division decided to give it a go on the Leaf EV. Working with inventor Hamish Scott, whose Starpath technology enables glow-in-the-dark walkways, Nissan developed paint for the Leaf that absorbs ultraviolet light during the day and glows for eight to 10 hours overnight. You know, in case you really want to draw attention to that luminous orb in your driveway at 2 a.m.
This isn’t the first time someone has tried to make a car glow, but Nissan claims its all-organic paint is unique. Among its ingredients is strontium aluminate — a “very rare natural earth product” that’s odorless and chemically inert, according to the automaker. (Yes, because environmentalism is all about using rare earth products.) The paint could last 25 years, but there are “no plans for this to go on commercial sale,” Nissan Europe spokesman Gareth Dean told us.
The automaker says it developed glow-in-the-dark paint for the Leaf “to highlight the link between Leaf ownership and solar-panel installation,” Dean said. There are some 7,500 Leaf owners in the United Kingdom, and installation of solar panels is particularly high among them, he added.