Tesla Motors delivered an update today on the Bioweapon Defense Mode introduced in the Model X.
Tesla Motors revealed new details today about the Bioweapon Defense Mode. Inspired by the air filtration systems used in hospitals, clean rooms, and the space industry, Tesla Motors developed a HEPA filtration system capable of stripping the outside air of pollen, bacteria, and pollution before they enter the cabin and systematically scrubbing the air inside the cabin to eliminate any trace of these particles.
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The end result is a filtration system hundreds of times more efficient than standard automotive filters, capable of providing the driver and her passengers with the best possible cabin air quality no matter what is happening in the environment around them.
The air filtration system was put to the test in real-world environments from California freeways during rush hour, to smelly marshes, landfills, and cow pastures in the central valley of California, to major cities in China.
Tesla Motors then decided to test the Bioweapon Defense Mode as on the road, but in an environment where they could precisely control and carefully monitor atmospheric conditions. A Model X was placed in a large bubble contaminated with extreme levels of pollution (1,000 µg/m3 of PM2.5 vs. the EPA's "good" air quality index limit of 12 µg/m3). Then the falcon doors got closed and Bioweapon Defense Mode was activated.
In less than two minutes, the HEPA filtration system had scrubbed the air in Model X, bringing pollution levels from an extremely dangerous 1,000 µg/m3 to levels so low as to be undetectable (below the noise floor) by our instruments, allowing us to remove our gas masks and breathe fresh air while sitting inside a bubble of pollution.
Not only did the Model X system completely scrub the cabin air, but in the ensuing minutes, it began to vacuum the air outside the car as well, reducing PM2.5 levels by 40%. The Bioweapon Defense Mode is not a marketing statement, it is real says Elon Musk. Now the end of the world can come, if you own a Tesla.
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Read the full report on Tesla Motors blog.