Posted on May 9, 2016
During last year’s Model X unveiling, Elon Musk not only showed off the new Tesla Model X, but he also unveiled the Bioweapon Defense Mode feature, which he claimed could help you survive a biological attack. Since then, there has been some speculation regarding the validity of the Bioweapon Defense Mode and the HEPA Filter.
Tesla team released a blog article on their site regarding the Bioweapon Defense Mode on the Tesla Model X to put some of the speculation to rest. They opened up by stating their concerns on air pollution throughout the world and how that drove them to develop their advanced air filtration system for the Model X.
Tesla claims their Air filtration system is 100x more efficient than standard automotive filters which is in fact 10x larger than a standard car filter and capable of providing the driver and passengers the best possible air quality no matter the environment around them. The article then stated that they put the filtration system to test in real world environments such as rush hour in california to major cities in China where pollution is high. Tesla then proceeded to take things a bit further and test the filtration system in a controlled environment .
Tesla put a Model X in a large bubble contaminated with extreme levels of pollution (1,000 µg/m3 of PM2.5 vs. the EPA's "good" air quality index limit of 12 µg/m3). Then they closed the falcon wing doors and activated Bioweapon Defense Mode. The results proved to be promising. The Model X was able to scrub the cabin air clean within minutes allowing the occupants to remove their gas masks and breathe fresh filtered air from the Model X. The Model X was also able to vacuum the air outside and reduce the pollution levels by 40%. Ultimately, Tesla made this statement to which they hope validates their HEPA Air Filtration System, the Bioweapon Defense Mode and their commitment to public health and safety.