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Virus-free cars in the near future

Automakers in China are incorporating products and technologies into their vehicles aimed at keeping cars virus-free amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Air-filter systems, antibacterial fabrics and ultraviolet technology are being adopted in a bid to guarantee car owners’ health and provide them with a clean interior environment.

Geely, China’s largest privately owned carmaker, has announced an investment of 370 million yuan (US$53 million) in research and development of a vehicle with virus protection.

Geely officials said the automaker will use a new type of filter material that can achieve a filtration efficiency of more than 95 percent for particles with a diameter of 0.3μm. Its filtration efficiency for droplets larger than 0.74μm (which may contain COVID-19) can reach 98 percent, according to the company.

The material can also remove allergenic substances such as smoke, dust and pollen.

Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation has launched two products that can be installed inside a car, applying deep ultraviolet (DUV) technology to protect people from viruses.

One of the products, developed by SAIC’s Sanden Huayu Automotive Air-Conditioning, uses a DUV device inside the air-conditioning system to filter and block viruses and bacteria from reaching drivers and passengers. It purifies and sterilizes the air in an enclosed car in minutes.


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