What would a zero emissions car small like? We know electric vehicles are silent and all, so it is hard to hear them, but could your nose instead do the work of your ears in noticing them? An offbeat experiment Nissan is conducting with the Aroma Academy could help answer this.
The Japanese automaker, working with Academy scientist George Dodd, said a possible scent for the Nissan Leaf drew inspiration from “long walks amongst the Scottish Highlands” by the researcher. He then concocted a “future scent”
with essences taken from cut green grass, myrtle oil, natural orange and the ineffable “light as air” molecule. The scent evokes clean, fresh and organic landscapes in the minds of its sniffers, designed to encourage nostalgic feelings.
With a scent now created, it can be doused on a special Leaf shaped car air freshener and given to select electric car fans as a Christmas gift. There was no immediate indication of how one might be able to get hold of one of these, or if Nissan someday might put special devices in a Leaf to emit the smell at the push of a button.
“We are very proud to have been asked to create such an abstract and innovative scent with Nissan,” said Dodd in a statement. “When Nissan came to me and asked me to create a scent of the future it was quite a scary thought, but it was a challenge I thoroughly enjoyed. This bespoke, futuristic aroma embodies a palate of smell sensations that have never before existed together and represents a future Nissan is helping us drive towards.”