The definition of the world’s cleanest car may have just changed with the application of self-cleaning paint to a 2015 Nissan LEAF. The paint, called Ultra-Ever Dry, forms a barrier between the LEAF’s paint and the rest of the world, potentially making car washes a thing of the past.
Though at first it may seem trivial, the amount of water wasted and chemicals spilled washing cars annually adds up, with the average home car wash wasting as much as 150 gallons of for a 15-minute wash. Local car washes tend to be better, using between 15 and 50 gallons of water per car to cleanse your ride, but self-cleaning paint could reduce that number to 0. Many areas of the U.S. are experiencing serious water shortages, especially the bone dry Southwest, and eliminating the need of drivers to wash their cars would save untold amounts of water.
So far, testing has shown Ultra-Ever Dry stands up well against common forms of road detriment, like rain, sleet, standing water, road spray, and frost. Nissan isn’t planning on applying the protective coating to cars as a standard feature, but could offer it as a dealership or aftermarket alternative. Nissan first applied Ultra-Ever Dry to a Nissan Note, but the LEAF makes a lot more sense if you ask me.
Depending on pricing, it could be a feature that eventually pays for itself, and in my eyes would make the Nissan LEAF the undisputed champion of the Clean Car Crown (an award I just made up).