Like a Matchbox car come to life, the glow-in-the-dark Nissan LEAF painted with Strontium Aluminate-laced paint absolutely appeals to my inner child. More than just a cool idea though, glow-in-the-dark paint has plenty of practical purposes, like Holland’s Smart Highway, which replaces painted lane markers with luminescent paint.
I mean, does anything scream “Welcome to the future!” like light-up roads? It’s like something out of just about any cyberpunk film, and adding a slow-moving, glow-in-the-dark electric car to the mix just kind of ties the whole thing together. The Dutch have been particularly keen on glow-in-the-dark pathways, such as a “Starry Night” road through the village of famous paint Vincent Van Gogh, and the Smart Highway aims to reduce traffic accidents by better illuminating the road’s boundaries.
Imagine what glow-in-the-dark cars could do for reducing traffic accidents? It’d be a lot easier to see a broken down car on the side of the road, or help rescuers find a car that’s gone off the road. For now, Nissan says the glow-in-the-dark paint is just a pilot project, probably because it’s crazy expensive (even if its eco-friendly), though it could last for up to 25 years if put into production. It’s another cool idea from Nissan to appeal to my generation, like using the LEAF to power an anti-graffi artist to clean up some smog-covered walls.
Electric cars will have their day, and Nissan is ensuring the LEAF has plenty of eco-cool cred to fall back on when that day arrives.