In conjunction with a 313-percent rise in electric vehicle sales in the Netherlands last year, Nissan took the luminescent Leaf to the Smart Highway in Oss, Netherlands. Designed with energy conservation in mind, the Smart Highway is a stretch of the N329 highway lined with applied strips of phosphorescent strips. The strips guide traffic using stored light for up to eight hours after the sun sets, removing the need for installed street lights. This project, created by designer Daan Roosegaarde, is meant to save energy without compromising visibility and safety for drivers.
The current generation Nissan Leaf has been on sale for four years, since its introduction in 2011. Currently, the Nissan Leaf is a short-range electric vehicle, having a useable 84-mile range. Reports say that the next-generation Leaf, possibly due in 2016, might increase this driving range to a more robust 180-miles.
Take a look at the glow-in-the-dark Nissan Leaf driving on the luminescent Smart Highway in the video below.
source : automobilemag