Automakers regularly use words like ‘pioneering’ and ‘reinventing’ but this time, BMW has really done something special. The company has invented a new type of paint that can change colour on demand. They call it ‘E Ink’. They’re showcasing this new technology at the Las Vegas CES as we speak.
Stella Clarke, Head of the BMW iX Flow E Ink project says the new paint has a couple of advantages. First, and most obvious, it gives the driver the ability to change the car’s colour depending on their mood. It also allows them to use the different abilities of light and dark colours, for example when it comes to absorbing thermal energy.
They made this using something called ‘electrophoretic technology’. The surface of the car contains many millions of microcapsules, and each of these microcapsules contains negatively charged white pigments and positively charged black pigments. An electrical field causes the white pigments to go black and vice versa on demand.
What do you think? Would you drive a car that looks like this? I would.
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