A new software leak has unveiled rumors that Tesla will be adding HEPA filters to its Model Y EVs, which will also enable the Bioweapon Defense Mode. So far, the Model X and Model S vehicles have these HEPA filters, which have been shown to keep large amounts of particles out of the vehicle, and thus out of its passengers' lungs.
Now, a Tesla hacker who goes by the name "green" has shared news about the Model Y's upcoming filtration system through a post on Twitter.
More powerful air filtration system
The point of stronger air filtration systems is to minimize local air pollution by using electric vehicles, as well as keeping drivers and passengers safe from any outside contaminations or pollution.
According to Electrek, it was Google's co-founder Larry Page who put the idea into Tesla CEO, Elon Musk's head.
The HEPA filtration system, as per Musk, keeps out 99.97% of fine particulate matter, gaseous pollutants, as well as bacteria, viruses, pollen and mold spores," and is "100 times more effective than premium automotive filters."
ModelY gets the 3rd row "flat fold". It also got HEPA filter and corresponding biohazard mode - this apparently is not planned for model3 at this time. Standard/Adaptive air suspension made reappearance on 3/Y so it's also certainly in the works.— green (@greentheonly) October 22, 2020
The reason for the mode's rather strong name "Bioweapon Defense Mode" comes from the fact that when it's in operation, it could actually withstand a bioweapon attack. We'll take your word for it, Elon.
The mode was introduced to the Model S, but now, thanks to 'green''s recent discovery, it seems that the Model Y will be joining in on the bioweapon defense system, too.
We'll just have to wait and see if this software update will in fact grace the Model Y's system. We certainly hope it'll be a cleaner shift than what happened to this family who bought a brand new Model Y—only for its roof to completely fly off while driving it home. Or when these Tesla Model Y owners found fake wood in their cooling systems.
Let's see if the software updates will be smoother than the hardware ones.