Tesla seems to have everything you could ever want or need in a car, with maybe exception of the actual sound of a car. The Model X is the SUV version Tesla has released and like the sedan it will come in three different trim levels, 70D, 90D, and the top of the line 762hp P90D with the ludicrous mode that helps sprint from 0-60 in an estimated 3.2 seconds. It has these awesome (or hideous depending on who you ask) gull wing doors similar to that of the SLS AMG, but on the Model X they seem more futuristic if that can be used as a descriptive term. As a life long gear head the thought of all electric and autonomous cars sounds like my worst nightmare, but I guess if the electric cars have that kind of power and performance and I’m still able to drive and control the vehicle, it wont be too bad.
Tesla took things up a notch with what they are calling a bio defense mode that comes on the model X that apparently could save your life in the event of a biological weapon. Supposedly there is a filter that is so strong that you can get in the car, activate this bio defense mode, and this HEPA grade filter not only will completely clean the air inside the cabin, but to a degree will filter the air around the vehicle as well. Of course many felt as if this was just a marketing ploy and didn’t think it would actually work to that degree. So in standard Tesla fashion they decide to put their money where their mouth is, if you will, by putting a model X inside a plastic bubble with the doors open then proceeded to fill this bubble with extreme levels of pollution. The amount we are talking about is 1,000 µg/m3, we have no idea how much that is but we do know that the EPA considers “good” air quality to be anything below 12 µg/m3.
As the Model X sat in the bubble with this crazy toxic pollution in the air, they closed the doors to activate the Bio defense mode and immediately the car starts cleaning the air inside. They set a timer and constantly measured both the air inside and outside the car and after only two minutes the air inside the car was completely clean, the pollution was virtually undetectable. Now if you ask me that’s pretty damn impressive even just that in itself, but it gets better. The vacuum effect that takes place sucks in the ambient air around the vehicle as well. After just 10 minutes of this thing running it lowered the pollution level by 40% inside this bubble. Now granted in this example the air outside would still be considered way passed extremely hazardous and would surely kill a human, but hypothetically if it were to continue on that same pace if you let it run for say 30 minutes or more it would eventually clean all of the air around you. Which granted would really only help you if you happen to already be inside a bubble and a bio weapon were to go off.
Bottom line was Tesla wanted the public to know that they weren’t playing around with this Bio defense mode, it wasn’t a marketing ploy. They took it out and proved it. I personally love it when car companies do this. If only others would follow suit, if your claiming you have the fastest car go take it out and race it against what was previously the fastest car etc. For that we give Tesla credit they deserve, and for making this thing work like that. No denying that is pretty impressive, even if the test was performed by Tesla.