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Tesla Bioweapon Defense Mode Put to the Test

Is Tesla’s “Bioweapon Defense Mode” feature more of a gimmick than living up to its name? Here’s a demo that shows what happens when Tesla’s Bioweapon Defense Mode is put to the test in a smoke-filled bubble.

Air Quality is an Automotive Health Issue

There’s no denying that the quality of the air we breathe affects our health with some seriously more affected than others. One example was this past year’s fires in California where many residents near the fires reported experiencing respiratory distress and other health problems from breathing in toxic smoke for days and weeks during the fires.

In fact, according to the EPA “One of the main components of smoke is particle pollution (PM), which is a regulated air pollutant. Wildland fires, which include wildfires and prescribed fires now account for 40 percent of the total PM emitted in the country, making it a major source of the pollutant, which causes lung and health problems.”

Tesla’s Solution to Particle Pollution Exposure

To help Tesla car owners deal with particulate matter from smoke, exhaust, and other pollutants, it like many other car makers install HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters to protect drivers and their passengers from breathing in toxic particles.

However, Tesla takes this protection a step further by pressurizing the inside of the car via their BioweaponDefense Mode.

According to Tesla:

Inspired by air filtration systems used in hospitals, clean rooms and the aerospace industry, Tesla's HEPA filtration removes 99.97% of airborne particulates, such as smoke, bacteria, and pollen. The HEPA filtration system is active whenever climate control is pulling in outside air. For extreme conditions, Bioweapon Defense Mode positively pressurizes your cabin. This prevents pollutants from leaking in as you drive, as all air is filtered through the HEPA and gas media filters. Every new Model Y, S and X comes standard with a HEPA filter and Bioweapon Defense Mode.

So, just how well does this work? As a test demo, a Tesla in Bioweapon Defense Mode was isolated within a large plastic bubble into which smoke grenades were activated releasing a visible cloud of choking gas trapped within the bubble.

Here is a video of the demonstration:

Tesla HEPA Filter | Keeping Your Cabin Air Clean


Clearly, the demo was a success with before and after images showing smoke particles trapped by the filters and testimony from within the Tesla stating that the Bioweapon Defense Mode worked protecting the occupant from breathing in the gas grenade contaminants.

This is filter is 99.97 percent effective…or better against particles of any size,” stated the Tesla vehicle occupant.

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Timothy Boyer is Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

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