The Tesla HEPA Filter and Bioweapon Defense Mode have repeatedly proven their usefulness and even vital necessity. At the moment, only Model S and Model X have the air-cleaning feature, however, there is a high probability that the HEPA filter will be installed in Model Y.
Hacker @greentheonly/Twitter has once again noticed several updates that should be made available to Model Y. He claims that the car will receive a HEPA filter and the corresponding Bioweapon Defense Mode. He also clarified that Model 3 most likely won't receive it at this point.
ModelY gets the 3rd row "flat fold". It also got HEPA filter and corresponding biohazard mode - this apparently is not planned for model3 at this time. Standard/Adaptive air suspension made reappearance on 3/Y so it's also certainly in the works.— green (@greentheonly) October 22, 2020
Air quality in big cities is of very poor quality, which causes health problems for people. The haze from wildfires, which are increasingly common around the world, poses a great risk to children, the elderly, and people with heart and lung diseases. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the air, which can be saturated with pathogens, very dangerous. And it is the HEPA Filter and Bioweapon Defense Mode that can significantly improve the quality of life for their owners.
The principle of operation of Bioweapon Defense Mode is simple: it uses a HEPA filter to condition the air inside the vehicle. HEPA is a high-performance molecular air filter whose efficiency can reach more than 99.97%, which allows to effectively filter pollutants such as smoke, dust and bacteria. The stronger the filterability, the smaller the air intake per unit area. To ensure adequate air supply, the Tesla HEPA filter element is very large.
The filter that Musk holds is a regular air conditioner filter, and the filter below is a Model X HEPA filter.
In a Tesla test, the HEPA air filtration system completed air purification in the Model X cab in less than two minutes, lowering the PM 2.5 pollution index from 1000 to an extremely low level (below the reference level). Therefore, installing such a filter in Model Y will surely be a very welcome and useful addition.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.