Glow-In-The-Dark Nissan LEAF Drives Glowing Highway
Nissan has driven their glow-in-the-dark LEAF along the world’s first glow-in-the-dark motorway in Oss, Netherlands.
Nissan were the first car manufacturer to apply glow-in-the-dark car paint to a car, this was to represent how many customers of the world’s best selling electric vehicle are powering their car from solar energy generated at home.
Nissan have now took it one step further, by driving the all-electric Nissan LEAF on the Smart Highway, this is the first time a phosphorescent car has been driven on the famous stretch of road. The location was fitting, as they announced an uplift in electric vehicle sales of 313 percent in the Netherlands last year.
Daan Roosegarde was the designer of the Smart Highway project , the project was to help drivers in the dark, while saving energy that might otherwise be used in street lighting.
The 600-metre stretch of the N329 highway is a major transport link that runs through the city of Oss – and its been upgraded with these Glowing lines. These lines absorb light during the day and then they glow for eight hours at night. This results in visibility and safety. Daan Roosegarde commented “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”.
The road has photo-luminescent strips, which have a spray-applied coating which absorbs UV energy and other visible radiation during daylight hours and then glows for eight hours after the sun goes down.
Even though glow-in-the-dark paint is already available, as are glow-in-the-dark car wraps, this unique, ultraviolet-energised paint, which was created especially for Nissan is different thanks to a secret formula. It contains a solid odourless Rare Earth Metal called Strontium Aluminate.
In 2014 Nissan have sold a total of 1619 vehicles in the Netherland across is electric range (retail: LEAF, e-NV200, e-NV200 Evalia). Nissan now enjoys 95.3% market share in the electric van segment.