Nissan has become the first automotive manufacturer to include glow-in-the-dark paint as a possible optional extra on its cars.
It has done this as a publicity stunt for the environmentally friendly all-electric Leaf, but we can’t help but think how practical this paint would be on a 4×4.
Overlanders will know that proper road illumination is an issue in Africa, which means you can’t travel at night for fear of hitting some form of wildlife. Just imagine a Patrol with a glow-in-the dark coating. An animal would see it and get as far away from it as possible…
While glow-in-the-dark products for cars have been around for a while, Nissan’s spray-applied coating is unique, because it’s made using only organic materials. After an entire day of catching rays, the coating has absorbed enough energy to glow for between eight and ten hours.
It hasn’t been confirmed for production yet, but it definitely would make an interesting accessory that even your neighbors can enjoy.