Glow-in-the-dark driving

NISSAN LEAF LIGHTS UP FIRST GLOW-IN-THE-DARK MOTORWAY

Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod

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Published: 23 March 2015

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Nissan has blazed a trail by driving its unique glow-in-the-dark zero-emission LEAF along the world’s first glow-in-the-dark motorway in Oss, the Netherlands.

Nissan recently became the first modern passenger car manufacturer to apply glow-in-the-dark car paint to a car to showcase how many customers of the world’s best-selling electric vehicle are powering their car from solar energy generated at home.

The Smart Highway

Now Nissan has gone one step further by driving the all-electric Nissan LEAF on the Smart Highway in the Netherlands – the first time a phosphorescent car has been driven on the famous stretch of road.

The location of the world’s only luminescent highway was fitting, as Nissan has also announced an increase in electric vehicle sales of 313% in the Netherlands last year.

Turning the lights out

The innovative Smart Highway project was conceived by designer Daan Roosegaarde. His idea was to help guide drivers in the dark while saving energy that might otherwise be used in street lighting.

‘The glowing lines on the Smart Highway replace standard street lighting to reduce electrical energy consumption. To have the world’s first glow-in-the-dark car on our road is a privilege, and it mirrors goals that we want to achieve with our Smart Highway.’

Daan Roosegaarde, designer

A 600-metre stretch of the N329 highway – a major transport link that runs through the city of Oss – has been upgraded with glowing lines that absorb light during the day and glow for eight hours at night.

Glowing car paint

The road’s photo-luminescent strips complement the Nissan LEAF’s finish. The spray-applied coating absorbs UV energy and other visible radiation during daylight hours and glows for between eight and 10 hours when the sun goes down.

While glowing car paint is already available, as are glow-in-the-dark car wraps, the bespoke, ultraviolet-energised paint created especially for Nissan is unique thanks to its secret formula. It contains a solid, odourless Rare Earth Metal called Strontium Aluminate.

Nissan will attend at the Amsterdam Motor Show on 17-26 April where its stand will showcase the all-electric zero-emission LEAF.

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