Chinese automaker Geely wants to create a filtration system for its cars that will supposedly protect passengers from the coronavirus as much as a high-quality face mask. The company, which owns Volvo and makes cars under its own Geely brand, announced
on Monday that it’s developing an intelligent air purification system for blocking bacteria and viruses at the level of an N95 respirator -- masks rated to block at least 95% of particles that measure 0.3 microns or larger with a proper fit. The better seal compared with surgical masks has made N95 masks a hot commodity in areas affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
Geely said the system will first be installed in vehicles donated to areas affected by the epidemic. The company plans to complete research and development of the product within 20 days and start mass production in 30 days.
Geely is known for its traditional and electric vehicles, but the company has more recently been exploring innovative concepts like flying cars
thanks to its acquisition of US startup Terrafugia and an investment
in German company Volocopter. It also owns a ride hailing platform CaoCao
. According to a recent announcement, the company is planning a merger with Volvo
to turn into a global Chinese-led automotive powerhouse.