Nissan Europe is looking to take glow-in-the-dark paint technology to the next level.
The automaker became the first company to apply glow-in-the-dark paint to showcase how its all-electric LEAF is helping people convert over to solar energy at home.
Though illuminating paint will probably never be commercially available to car owners or auto body shops, Nissan's glow-in-the-dark paint uses a rare Earth element along with sunlight-based UV energy to power the "glow" of the car via the paint.
If the paint does become commercially available it would last approximately 25 years. Pretty cool right?
Nissan Europe worked on the paint with inventor, Hamish Scott, who is known for creating STARPATH, a spray applied coating that absorbs UV energy during the day so that it glows for eight and 10 hours when the sun goes down, according to the automaker.
"The Nissan LEAF is a shining beacon of sustainability and the future of motoring," said Nissan Motor GB Limited EV manager Paul O'Neill. "Not only is it saving our customers money in running costs, but it we are now seeing how it is helping people become more environmentally sensitive by reducing their carbon footprint."
The 7,500 plus Nissan LEAF owners have reported a large amount of savings and they're able to use that money on a number of things, like solar panels for the home, which decreases the household carbon footprint.
Nissan said 89 percent of LEAF owners charge their vehicles at home overnight. Though solar panels don't store energy or provide it outside of daylight, leftover power generated during the day is then fed back into the national grid and homers can receive a government payment for it.
"Running the Nissan LEAF costs a sixth of the amount we'd pay to run a diesel or petrol car," LEAF owner Ian Finch said to Nissan. "Overall, we are probably using 25 percent less electricity thanks to our solar panels and it's a fantastic experience to be able to drive the LEAF using electricity that's been produced completely for free."
Check out the glow-in-the-dark Nissan LEAF in action below and feel free to let us know what you think of it in the comments section.