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News: Nissan testing “world’s first” self-cleaning car

If it was the first rather than the 24th day of April we’d think it was a joke. Nissan claims to have developed the world’s first self-cleaning car.


IF IT were the 1st rather than the 24th day of April we’d think it was a joke: Nissan claims to have developed the world’s first self-cleaning car.

In reality, the waterproof coating it has covered its development Note with is called Ultra-Ever Dry and was developed by US company UltraTech.  It is used by industry in a variety of applications. However, Nissan claims it is the first time it has been used on a car’s bodywork.

The special coating is both super-hydrophobic (difficult to wet) and oleophobic (oil resistant). When water-based substances such as mud, or oil-based such as general road grime, are in contact with the coating, they roll off leaving no trace.

Nissan is testing the product on its Note over the coming months to see if it is as effective as its maker claims and whether, in the long run, it will render the traditional Sunday morning car wash unnecessary.

Does Nissan’s claim hold water? Here’s Subaru’s self-cleaning car of 2012: