Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is developing a new in-car air purification system. Recent laboratory studies have shown that the technology prevents up to 97% of viruses, including COVID-19, and airborne bacteria from spreading inside a car.
The prototype of the new climate control unit uses a technology from Panasonic called nanoe X, which neutralizes the effect of harmful particles. The British, together with the microbiology and virology company Perfectus Biomed Ltd, conducted a half-hour laboratory test using a special sealed chamber designed to simulate the ventilation of a car interior in recirculation mode. As a result, the system was able to suppress the spread of 97% of viruses and bacteria in a confined space.
Plus, the international research organization Texcell, including one that specializes in the fight against the new coronavirus, took part in the tests. After two hours of testing, it was found that Panasonic nanoe X technology in the JLR climate system inhibits more than 99.995% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The new cabin air filtration system is used in the next generation of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. The timing of the appearance of cars with this technology has not yet been announced.
Earlier it was reported that JLR will use a special material obtained from recycled ocean debris and recyclables in the interior of its new cars. We are talking about a special nylon called Econyl, which is made from reclaimed industrial plastics, scraps of fabric recycled by clothing manufacturers, as well as “ghost nets” – fishing gear left at sea. The company noted that the process of making nylon from recycled materials is 90% less harmful to the environment compared to the technology of obtaining the same material from crude oil.