Will Nissan Kill the Car Wash?

April 28th, 2014
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Will Nissan’s invention lead to the end of the car wash?

Today is my birthday, and I have a tradition: Every April 28, I detail my car.

I spend hours doing a thorough wash, I vacuum inside, I polish all the black plastic and rubber, I clean every crack and nook and crevice, and then I apply two coats of wax.

The whole process takes a good 8 hours, and I take great pride in the final outcome.

I also like to go through the ritual, or at least a shorter version of it, before road trips. I catch some flack for that one, because the clean car doesn’t usually last more than a few hundred miles. Even still, I like starting with a spotless car and then washing off the road grime when I get back home.

It’s a lot of work to wash the car, but I also really enjoy the process. So news of a car that washes itself is taken with an equal dose of relief and dismay, along with a little bit of trepidation.

A Nissan press release says,

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 Nissan Note to create the world’s first self-cleaning car.

The paint itself has been coined, “Ultra-Ever Dry,” and features a protective layer of air between the paint and the environment.

This video gives a quick overview of how it works:

I’ve got to be honest: If that works as advertised, I’m sold. I love washing my car, but I love keeping my car clean even better. If I can drive through a rainstorm while going over a mountain pass and arrive at my destination without the doors caked in mud, I’ll be a happy guy.

Maybe for my next birthday, I can celebrate by driving instead of slaving over a bottle of carnauba wax.

Would you want a self-washing car?

-tgriffith

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