Tesla could launch a “super-efficient” heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, CEO Elon Musk suggested last week.
Writing via his Twitter page, the Tesla CEO claimed the firm could release a system with high-efficiency particulate air filters similar to the ones used in its Model S and X vehicles. The comments came in response to a post from composer John Mackey, who found that his Tesla’s “biohazard mode” made it so his car had better air filtration than his home.
It’s the latest in a series of comments about Musk’s nascent plans for an “HVAC” system, and helps illuminate what could be some of the product’s biggest selling points: The hypothetical system could leverage technology similar to that used with its cars’ “Bioweapon Defense Mode.” Musk has also suggested that it could collect and heat water while offering quiet operation.
When Tesla launched the Bioweapon Defense Mode feature in 2015 with the Model X, Musk claimed it could filter viruses 800 times better than normal. Experts have questioned whether the mode would in reality protect against a bioweapons attack as it’s hard to know when such an attack is taking place, but Tesla’s own testing data found it could bring in-car pollution down from 1,000 micrograms per cubic meter of PM2.5 to undetectable levels.
Mackey’s testing equipment found Tesla’s in-car system can make a measurable difference to air quality. In uploaded photos, Mackey found the air quality index or “AQI” measured at 17. Inside his home, the AQI measured as 251 or “very unhealthy.” Outside in San Francisco, the air quality measured at 351 – at a time when wildfires have been raging across the state.