Here's how Jaguar Land Rover is combating coronavirus.
With new variants of the coronavirus spreading around the world, it's more important than ever to keep your car clean. Since the pandemic started, automakers have offered solutions to help stop the spread of the virus. Ford, for example, released software that increased the cabin temperature of the Police Interceptor Utility based on the 2020 Ford Explorer to over 133 degrees Fahrenheit to kill the virus. An Israeli company has also been developing a Covid-zapping lighting system for car interiors. Now, Jaguar Land Rover has revealed new cabin air purification technology that can combat coronavirus in its future road cars.
A prototype of Jaguar Land Rover's innovative heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system has been developed using Panasonic's Nanoe X technology to prevent bacteria and viruses from infiltrating the cabin.
Panasonic's Nanoe X technology uses a high voltage to "create trillions of Hydroxyl (OH) Radicals enveloped in nano-sized water molecules" that neutralize virus and bacteria air particles and "deodorize and inhibit allergens" to create cleaner air inside the cabin.
To test the technology, Jaguar Land Rover partnered with Perfectus Biomed, a leading microbiology and virology lab. During a 30-minute test, Jaguar Land Rover's climate control system inhibited viruses and bacteria by up to 97 percent with Panasonic's Nanoe X technology. In a separate two-hour laboratory test carried out by viral testing research Texcell, Panasonic's Nanoe X technology also inhibited more than 99.995 percent of the Covid-19 virus.
"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," said Jaguar Land Rover Research Engineer, Alexander Owen. "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. The creation of this technology and our advanced research is the first step in deploying this scientific phenomenon within vehicle cabins of the future."
Currently, the Jaguar I-Pace and the Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Evoque are offered with Panasonic's Nanoe air purification technology, but the new system that will be offered in future Jaguar Land Rover road cars is said to be ten times more effective.