Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan has unveiled a version of the LEAF compact car in Europe with glow-in-the-dark paint to promote the use of solar energy to charge electric vehicles, the automaker announced.

The company worked with inventor Hamish Scott, who created STARPATH, a spray-applied coating that absorbs ultra-violet energy during the day so that it glows for eight to 10 hours at night time.

The paint is produced using a secret formula of entirely organic materials. It contains a natural earth product called strontium aluminate, which is solid, odorless, and chemically and biologically inert.

Various third-party companies have applied non-organic glow-in-the-dark paint to vehicles before, but Nissan is the first carmaker to directly apply such technology, according to the company. The paint, which is not commercially available, would last for 25 years.