The air purification technology developed by Jaguar Land Rover for its cars of the future has been shown to inhibit viruses – including coronavirus – and bacteria in the air by up to 97 percent.
The effectiveness of the prototype of a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) has been proven in laboratory tests, according to the Coventry automobile manufacturer.
It uses Panasonic’s nanoe ™ X ** technology to inhibit harmful bacteria and viruses and will be used in cabs on future Jaguar and Land Rover models.
Jaguar Land Rover worked with Perfectus Biomed, a microbiology and virology laboratory, on the system to conduct the world’s leading sealed chamber test in the laboratory to simulate a vehicle ventilation system in recirculation mode over a 30-minute cycle.
The independent study found that viruses and bacteria were inhibited by 97 percent.
Panasonic’s innovative nanoe ™ X technology has also been tested for novel coronavirus by Texcell, a global research organization specializing in virus testing and immunoprofiling, and is one of the labs worldwide with the permission to test against novel coronavirus.
It was found that more than 99.995 percent of the virus was inhibited during the two-hour lab test.
Dr. Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Medical Officer, said, “The wellbeing of our customers is of paramount importance to us – and now, more than ever, we are looking for technological solutions that can help us care for our loved ones.
“The independent research developed and commissioned by our experienced engineers is just one of the ways we assure our customers that harmful pathogens are minimized. They provide a cleaner environment for passengers in the cabin and set new standards in the owner experience. ”
The technology uses high voltage to create trillions of hydroxyl (OH) radicals encased in nano-sized water molecules.
These OH radicals denature the virus and bacterial proteins and inhibit their growth.
The OH radicals similarly deodorize and inhibit allergens to create a cleaner air environment.
Alexander Owen, Research Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover said, “This technology is a great example of how to harness the power of nature and it puts Jaguar Land Rover at the forefront of cabin technology.
“Hydroxyl radicals are one of the most important natural oxidizing agents in chemistry and have been helping to purify our atmosphere and remove pollutants and other harmful substances for thousands of years.
“The development of this technology and our advanced research are the first step in using this scientific phenomenon in vehicle cabins of the future.”
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