The Nissan Leaf's Glow-In-The-Dark Paint Is Kind Of Awesome

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I don't know about you, but I wake up every morning disappointed that my world doesn't look like Tron. Maybe I'll buy a Nissan Leaf to spice things up a bit. The automaker's UK arm showed off its electric car with the world's first ultraviolet-energized paint as an option, which will make it glow at night. Neat!

Nissan says the paint is a spray coating that absorbs UV energy during the day so that it glows between eight and 10 hours at night. The stuff is called STARPATH, and it was created by inventor Hamish Scott.


Several third-party companies offer glow-in-the-dark wraps and paint, but Nissan says their paint is the first to come direct from a manufacturer, and it's unique because the paint is made entirely of organic materials. Auto Express reports the glow will last for 25 years.

Here's the bad news: Buyers can't actually get it on their Leafs, in the UK or elsewhere. The Daily Mail says it won't be an option anytime soon because the rare-earth materials needed to make the paint are unsuitable for mass production. At this point, it's just an experiment. That's kind of a bummer.

You gotta admit though: it looks pretty freaking cool, doesn't it?