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The coating, similar to Teflon, repels all dirt and grime. It is still being tested but may show up as an aftermarket option.

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The coating, similar to Teflon, repels all dirt and grime. It is still being tested but may show up as an aftermarket option.

It was the marriage waiting to happen: Nissan's electric car and its self-washing car technology.

In a move that sounds like it came straight out of the publicity department, Nissan has applied its Ultra-Ever Dry coating to the electric, emissions-free Leaf car so it can brag about having the world's cleanest car.

Nissan revealed the self-washing car paint earlier this year, a Teflon-like coating that's so dense and slick it repels mud, dirt and grime.

The Leaf, of course, was the first modern electric car to go on sale from a major maker. Despite having been in the market for more than two years and no mass affection for electric cars, it has been selling remarkably well.

"The 100 per cent electric Leaf provides the perfect canvas for this new, advanced paint technology," said Pierre Loing, vice-president of product planning for Nissan North America, in a statement. "This is one Leaf that never has to stop at gas stations -- not even for a car wash."

Is the self-washing Leaf coming to showrooms any time soon? No, apparently. Nissan says it's still testing the special paint, but has no plans to market it as a factory-applied coating. It could, however, show up as an aftermarket option, Nissan says.

-- USA Today

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 10, 2014 B6

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