ROLLE, Switzerland – To help showcase the Nissan Leaf and its market-leading all-electric vehicle, Nissan in Europe has come up with the intriguing idea to apply glow-in-the-dark paint – tempting more people to convert to solar energy at home.
Hamish Scott, creator of STARPATH worked with the manufacturer to create the spray-applied coating. This coating absorbs UV energy throughout the sun hours to create a glow for eight to ten hours in the evening.
Nissan’s secret formula made out of entirely organic materials puts them ahead of alternative glowing methods. Glowing car paint and glow-in-the-dark wraps are available by other producers, but the bespoke, ultraviolet-energized paint by Nissan is not comparable. This special paint mixture contains Strontium Aluminate, which is a very rare natural earth product. It’s odorless, solid and chemically and biologically inert.
Other third-party companies have attempted the application of non-organic glow-in-the-dark paint on vehicles; however Nissan has been the first car maker to apply such technology directly. This unique paint if made commercial would be suited to last for up to 25 years.
The UK has more than 7,500 Nissan LEAF owners, and they have reported running costs of just two pence* or less per mile to run. Owners are reporting significant savings, and are able to put their money towards other energy saving items including solar panels for the home, which decrease carbon footprints in the home and also allows for LEAF owners to charge their vehicle for free!
Outside of daylight hours, a solar panel cannot store or provide energy. Leftover power that is generated throughout the day is fed back to the national grid. The government provides homeowners with payments for this power, meaning that their overnight charge is already paid for. Research studies reveal that 89 percent of LEAF owners charge their vehicles at home overnight.
Ian Finch, a LEAF owner has taken advantage of combined savings by running his all-electric vehicle and solar panels to power his home.
“Running the Nissan LEAF costs a sixth of the amount we’d pay to run a diesel or petrol car,” he said. “Overall, we are probably using 25 percent less electricity thanks to our solar panels and it’s a fantastic experience to be able to drive the LEAF using electricity that’s been produced completely for free.”
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