Nissan has joined senses with a world-renowned master perfumer to create an aromatic blueprint of what the world could smell like in a zero emissions (ZE) future.

Nissan commissioned Master Perfumer and Aroma Academy Scientist Dr, George Dodd to use his expert nose and concoct a scent that not only represents a zero-emissions future – a world where vehicles like the best-selling Nissan LEAF electric vehicle populate the roads – but is also scientifically proven to induce a positive sense of well-being to the sniffer.

With inspiration gained from long walks amongst the Scottish Highlands, Dodd has concocted Nissan’s "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. 

Nissan approached Dodd after hearing about his esteemed career as a scientist of smell. His expertise started as a child. Born downwind of the Guinness brewery in Dublin, his sense of smell was brought to life at an early age before going on to study the science behind the sense and becoming a world renowned expert.

The futuristic scent is to be doused onto a LEAF shaped car air freshener and given to select electric car fans, and Nissan LEAF customers as a Christmas gift to thank them for playing their part in a zero-emissions future. The innovative yet light-hearted gift celebrates the pioneering steps Nissan is taking towards an emission-free future and reminds recipients of what they are contributing to when driving their LEAF. The futuristic air fresheners are being delivered this week.