Bio-weapon defense mode - wish you’d bought a Tesla?
With Covid-19 running amok around the globe right now, the Tesla Model X with its Bio-Weapon Defence mode is surely the safest place (or vehicle) to be in right now, right? Well not exactly.
According to Tesla, at the push of a button “bioweapon defense mode” their vehicle’s massive air filter kicks into gear, filtering out anything in the air — viruses, bacteria, smog — basically anything that could hurt the vehicle’s inhabitants. The idea is that the system would allow Tesla owners to survive any future attacks involving airborne biological weapons.
Tesla’s air filter, which happens to be 10 times larger than a normal car’s air filter, will keep apparently keep you safe from harm. Ultimately, it is supposed to be 300 times better at filtering bacteria, 500 times better at filtering allergens, 700 times better at filtering smog, and 800 times better at filtering viruses. Removing particles as small as 0.3 micrometres out of the air “at least 99.97 per cent of fine particulate matter and gaseous pollutants, as well as bacteria, viruses, pollen and mould spores.
“The result is a filtration system hundreds of times more efficient than standard automotive filters, capable of providing the driver and her passengers with the best possible cabin air quality no matter what is happening in the environment around them,” Tesla claims.
Michael J. Buchmeier, deputy director of the Pacific Southwest Regional Center for Biodefense and Emerging Diseases at the University of California, Irvine, has agreed to a point, by saying, “Now, if you’re worried about bacterial agents like anthrax or plague, a good filtering system would probably protect you.”
However, he goes on to say “0.3 micrometre won’t hold back viruses. It will hold back most bacteria, but it won’t hold back viruses.”
So summing up, Tesla may very well be the perfect place to be should a bacterial plague break out, but alas, not when it comes to Covid-19. Mind you, leather seats, the largest infotainment screen, highly internet connected and ‘driveway’ away from doing chores around the house, I can think of worse places to be.