Tesla's Bioweapon Defense Mode eliminates pollution in under two minutes
Tests show the filtration system was able to reduce pollution levels from 'extremely dangerous' to 'undetectable'
Tesla Motors released the results of its tests of the Model X's air-filtering system, which demonstrated its efficacy.
Tesla placed a Model X inside a bubble filled with "extreme levels of pollution" at 1,000 µg/m3 of PM2.5, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency describes as the kind of pollution that "pose[s] the greatest health risks." For comparison, PM2.5 levels in Beijing can hit 300 µg/m3.
In less than two minutes, the HEPA filtration system was able to reduce the level of contamination from "extremely dangerous" to "undetectable."
In its statement, Tesla said that while the test was conducted with a Model X, the electric automaker expects similar results from the Model S currently in production.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Monday that he credits Alphabet CEO Larry Page with informing him about the health benefits of air filtration systems.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 2, 2016