Jaguar – Land Rover (JLR) is developing an air filter system that blocks up to 97% of viruses and bacteria in the air. Designed like a face mask for your car’s HVAC system, it is based on Panasonic’s Nanoe X technology.
Most of the company’s models (including the Land Rover Defender) are currently equipped with Panasonic’s Nanoe technology and PM2.5 filtering. Nanoe X is ten times more effective, according to the brand, because it relies on high voltage to create trillions of hydroxyl (OH) radicals encased in nano-sized water molecules. Think of them as Roman guards outside a fortress: keeping the bad guys out and making sure only the good guys can enter.
Viruses and bacterial proteins are denatured when they come into contact with the filtration system, which means that they cannot multiply or grow. The OH radicals also zap common allergens and molds, but are harmless to humans.
JLR emphasized that it did not rely on computer simulations to decide whether the filtration system was working as planned. UK laboratory Perfectus Biomed was asked to run a test simulating a ventilation system in recirculation mode for a 30-minute cycle in a sealed chamber. The results were encouraging: 97% of the viruses and bacteria in the air were treated with nuclear weapons. The automaker pointed out that Panasonic’s Nanoe X technology independently inhibited 99.995% of coronaviruses in a two-hour lab test by French immunology laboratory Texcell.
Future Jaguar and Land Rover models will use this technology, although a representative from both companies declined to let us know when they will reach production and which nameplates they will inaugurate. Meanwhile, Honda launched its own coronavirus killer across the pond. It is a cabin air filter, sold as an original spare part, made up of four layers, including one coated with an active ingredient made from fruit extract that inactivates almost 100% of the viral aerosols it traps. It is available through Honda dealers in Europe but is not sold in America.