Nissan unveils glow-in-the-dark Leaf

Nissan Leaf

Nissan has unveiled a new glow-in-the-dark version of its Leaf electric car, in what is a first for a production vehicle.

The ethereal-looking hatchback is the first-ever model to have UV-absorbing paint applied by its manufacturer, with drivers previously having to resort to aftermarket vehicle 'wraps' to achieve a similar effect.

The paint – dubbed STARPATH – was created by inventor Hamish Scott. The coating, which is spray-applied like regular vehicle paint, absorbs the UV rays in sunlight during the day, before emitting a distinctive blue glow for between eight and 10 hours when night falls.

While Nissan has not confirmed whether the striking paint will be offered as an option on the Leaf, it did say that the finish, which is achieved using entirely natural materials, would last for around 25 years.

The one-off vehicle has been created to highlight the increasing numbers of Leaf owners who are choosing to charge their cars using solar energy.

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Glow-in-the-dark Nissan Leaf

Glow-in-the-dark Nissan Leaf