JLR’s cabin air purification tech can inhibit up to 97% of viruses and bacteria

The prototype system can also inhibit up to 99% of the novel coronavirus SARS-Cov-2
by Leandre Grecia | Mar 17, 2021
PHOTO: Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover is really keen on building safe vehicles fit for this pandemic. From ‘contactless touchscreen displays,’ the British marque now shows us this: Its new cabin air purification technology.

JLR has shared that its prototype air filtration system—which uses Panasonic’s nanoe X technology—has been proven to inhibit up to 97% of airborne viruses and bacteria. Plus, it has also been tested against the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), and research showed that it was able to inhibit more than 99.995% of the virus during the two-hour laboratory test.

The laboratory tests were conducted by JLR partners Perfectus Biomed Ltd, a leading microbiology and virology lab, and Texcell, a global research organization that specializes in viral testing and immunoprofiling. The former tested JLR’s tech against various viruses and bacteria, while the latter experimented with it against SARS-CoV-2.

“Our customers’ wellbeing is of paramount importance to us—and now, more than ever, we are all looking for technological solutions that can help take care of our loved ones,” said Jaguar Land Rover chief medical officer Dr. Steve Iley. “The independent research, developed and commissioned by our expert engineers, is just one of the ways we are working to assure our customers that harmful pathogens are being minimized, providing a cleaner environment for passengers inside the cabin and setting new standards in the ownership experience.”

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“This technology is a great example of being able to harness the power of nature and puts Jaguar Land Rover right at the forefront of this cabin technology. Hydroxyl Radicals are one of the most important natural oxidants in chemistry and have been helping to clean our atmosphere for millennia, removing pollutants and other harmful substances,” said JLR research engineer Alexander Owen. “The creation of this technology and our advanced research is the first step in deploying this scientific phenomenon within vehicle cabins of the future.”

No word yet on when such technology will be widely available, but surely this is something we can all look forward to. Do you think other carmakers should be doing more of the same these days?

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