Ford launch new air filter experts say could protect motorists from catching coronavirus

Ford launch new air filter experts say could protect motorists from catching coronavirus

Ford’s new micronAir proTect filter promises to be highly effective at capturing harmful germs and allergens before they even enter the cockpit. Ford says the new filter is 99.9 percent effective against viruses that come into contact with its special active layer which could prove to be a game changer for many road users. 

The firm said current conditions have made it too dangerous to test the filter against the coronavirus disease. 

However, filtration experts Freudenberg, who designed the device, expect the tool to be 99.9 percent effective against the deadly virus. 

The filter’s carbon element is also designed to offer additional protection against harmful pollution such as carbon particulates.  

Motorists suffering from hayfever will also be protected with the filter promising to shield against pollen in the air. 

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He said: “For many drivers and their passengers, allergies to pollen and dust can cause great discomfort as well as serious health problems.

“This filter is a low-cost but effective measure that could protect the health and provide greater comfort for anyone travelling in a Ford vehicle.”

The new tool will work by trapping particles as small as 0.05 microns in length, just one thousandth of the thickness of a human hair. 

When this is fitted to the vehicle’s ventilation system the concentration of harmful particles will be dilated. 

In April The Times reported that new air filters were being installed on 100 different vehicles to minimise the chance of drivers and passengers from contracting the coronavirus. 

There are claims that a new air filtration system developed by Airlabs removes more than 95 percent of airborne particles. 

They say decreasing the concentration of airborne particles could stop the virus being breathed in by workers in some environments. 

The technology will be installed on vehicles that carry parties to and from hospitals in London. 

However, The Times said the technology could eventually be rolled out on public transport networks. 

Chinese firm Geely has also unveiled their new Icon SUV vehicle which claims to feature a state of the art air purification system. 

Published at Tue, 02 Jun 2020 13:09:00 +0000