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Marelli's COVID-killing HVAC Insert

  • Magazine Article
  • 20AVEP09_07
Published September 01, 2020 by SAE International in United States
  • English

With big implications for shared mobility, a new photocatalytic cabin-air purifier claims to kill viruses - including COVID-19.

Marelli North America is offering a solution to the problem of interior air quality in shared-use/autonomous vehicles. The upgraded HVAC setup purifies passenger car cabin air, including the destruction of COVID-19 virus, the system's developers claim. The photocatalytic HVAC shows rapid, >99% performance using a titanium-dioxide-impregnated filter and dual UV lighting to clear cabin air of COVID-19 within a 1.0 m3 (35 ft3) chamber in 15 minutes.

The system also kills other viruses and eliminates HVAC odor, according to the company. Offered for taxis, ambulances and other shared-use vehicles, including autonomated-driving models, the system also has retrofit potential.