Tesla’s Bioweapon Defense Mode can protect you from bacteria, and reduce pollution
When Tesla unveiled the Model X, the first things I noticed were its imposing Falcon Wing doors, but the Model X also comes with one of the most meticulous air-conditioning systems on the road. Thanks to HEPA technology, usually found in places like hospitals, clean rooms and rockets, the Model X is able to strip pollen, pollution and even bacteria out of the air, making it technically able to withstand a bioweapon attack. However, now Tesla has shown the system protecting occupants from bacteria, and even reducing the amount of pollution in the surrounding area.
To test the system, a
To test the system, aModel X was placed in a large bubble with high levels of pollution, and then closed, with the Bioweapon Defense Mode enabled. Tesla says the air was massively contaminated, with a figure of 1,000 µg/m3 of PM2.5, (the EPA suggests “good” air quality is around 12 µg/m3).
After several minutes, the Tesla was able to completely remove the pollution from the air inside its cabin, but also managed to reduce the surrounding air pollution by 40%. As well as showing that Teslas are perfect for surviving a bioweapon attack, the experiment shows they really do make our roads greener.
Tesla’s HEPA filter and Bioweapon Defense Mode is available in the Tesla Model X, and now in the updated Tesla Model S.