Land Rover will put a Covid-nuking air filtration system in future cars

JaguarLand Rover (JLR) is developing an air filtration system that inhibits up to 97% of viruses and airborne bacteria. Designed like a face mask for your car’s HVAC system, it’s built on Panasonic’s Nanoe

X technology.

Most of the company’s models (including the Land Rover Defender) currently come equipped with Panasonic’s Nanoe technology and PM2.5 filtration. Nanoe X is 10 times more effective, according to the brand, because it relies on a high voltage to create trillions of hydroxyl (OH) radicals enveloped in nano-sized water molecules. Think of them as Roman guards in front of a fortress: they keep the bad out, and ensure only the good can come in.

Viruses and bacteria proteins are denatured when they come into contact with the filtration system, meaning they can’t reproduce or grow. The OH radicals also zap common allergens and mold, but they’re harmless to humans.

JLR stressed it’s not relying on computer simulations to decide whether its filtration system works as designed. It asked British laboratory Perfectus Biomed to perform a test that simulates a ventilation system in recirculation mode for a 30-minute cycle in a sealed chamber. The results were encouraging: 97% of viruses and airborne bacteria were nuked. The carmaker pointed out Panasonic’s Nanoe X technology has been independently proven to inhibit 99.995% of coronaviruses during a two-hour laboratory test carried out by French immunology lab Texcell.

Future models from Jaguar and Land Rover will use this technology, though a representative for both companies declined to tell us when it will reach production, and which nameplate(s) will inaugurate it. Meanwhile, Honda

launched its own coronavirus killer across the pond. It’s a cabin air filter sold as a genuine replacement part that consists of four layers, including one coated with an active substance of fruit extract that inactivates nearly 100% of the viral aerosols it captures. It’s available in Europe through Honda dealers
, but it won’t be sold in America.