After polluting external emissions, Jaguar Land Rover tracked viruses, bacteria and allergens inside the car. Covid got it.
dFor a long time, the automotive industry has been committed to eliminating dust, pollen and allergens in cars through increasingly perfect air conditioning systems. However, due to the Covid pandemic, simple filtration in the passenger compartment, which is very closed in nature, is no longer sufficient. They form a real cocoon with the outside world, and they also capture the infectious agent that can penetrate them, thus forming a real rolling cluster.
Carpooling, taxis, car rental or maintenance in the workshop are all aware of this, and the disinfection process using traditional methods (mainly involving household products) is being rescued. But for volatile infectious agents, it is pushed through the filter through the ventilation of the engine room, which is another matter.
Nonetheless, OEMs still have solutions. As shown by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the company asked one of them to develop a prototype air purification system that specifically targets new threats from viruses, especially worrying the entire planet. The one. Coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2).
“Jaguar Land Rover cooperated with Perfectus Biomed Ltd, a leading virology and microbiology laboratory, to establish the most efficient sealed test chamber in the world related to the laboratory. It is designed to recycle air within a 30-minute cycle time. The circulation mode reproduces the vehicle’s ventilation system. This independent study shows that 97% of bacteria and viruses have been eliminated.
If there are very effective UV cleaning systems, they are systems that are at rest and no passengers get on the car. It is useful in the garage between two mechanical leases or before and after the mechanic’s intervention. This function is not suitable for future use when driving. Considering the current coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2), the innovative technology developed by Panasonic (nanoe™X) and Texcell is not the case. Texcell determined that in the two-hour test, more than 99.995% of the virus was neutralized.
Covid-19: Disinfect cars with ultraviolet light in two minutes
Technically speaking, the system relies on hydroxyl radicals (HO) composed of oxygen and hydrogen atoms naturally formed in the atmosphere. These are highly active particles that help neutralize viruses, bacteria, allergens and molds, but with nanoe™X technology, they will not threaten humans. However, they denature particles and bacteria, preventing them from reproducing or growing.
The nanoe™X technology is an improvement on the previous nanoe system. By using the high voltage (48 V instead of 12 V) provided by the new electric vehicle, its efficiency is ten times that of the previous system. The only flaw is that the system has been finalized and will only be available for use on the Jaguar and Land Rover electric and plug-in hybrid series only a few months later.