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Does anyone know if the Bolt will be equipped with something even close to Teslas intense air purification system ? The technology somehow draws out the air inside of the cabin, releases it outsides, and replaces with fresh air. Seen a video of someone "hot boxing" one and the inside was cleared out within like 2 minutes :|
 

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Naw, the Bolt EV will only have a typical cabin filter. It's good for pollen and dust but certainly not the small stuff. The Tesla S and X are the only vehicles with this level of filtration that I know of.
 

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Does anyone know if the Bolt will be equipped with something even close to Teslas intense air purification system ? The technology somehow draws out the air inside of the cabin, releases it outsides, and replaces with fresh air. Seen a video of someone "hot boxing" one and the inside was cleared out within like 2 minutes :|
Very unlikely.

It's called "Bioweapon Defense Mode" and is a HEPA Air Filtration system. It is likely targeted mostly at the Chinese market (heavy duty air pollution). It's part of the premium upgrade package that adds $3K to a Model S or $7K to a Model X.
 

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It's more for better air filtration than actual bioweapon defense. Gizmodo asked the director of the Institute for Homeland Security about the filters and Colonel Randall Larsen debunked the filter's claim. Pretty interesting read about HEPA filters and the particle sizes it can capture.

There's not denying that the filters will perform a lot better than the average ones but it won't perform as claimed. And no, I would not pay an extra 3k for the filter in the Bolt even if it is available.
 

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That's quite a significant number for an air filtration system, But I can see how this would be mainly for areas that have high pollution levels. "Bioweapon Defense Mode" does sound like a cool conversation topic when introducing you're car to people though lol.
 

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How much would it cost to install a new HEPA filter? You're supposed to change the filters every so often but Tesla's may cost more per filter than the average car.
 

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Such a filter isn't worth the cost. My older cars never had a cabin filter. After twenty years or more of use, the only problem was some dirt on the insides of the A/C vents, which I can just wipe off.

I can only recommend a better than factory cabin filter if you live in a really dusty/moldy environment, or have a special respiratory conditon such as an allergy to dust/pollen/ contaminants.

For the real world and the rest of us healthy drivers, the cabin filter is enough. For me, no filter is actually needed.
 

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I've generally used normal cabin filters in my cars, nothing fancy and they've worked fine so far. I can definitely see the appeal in the HEPA filters if you live in a more polluted area but in Canada, there isn't much to filter out.

Now that we're talking about filters, think the Bolt's cabin filter will be in the usual place inside the glove box?
 

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I've generally used normal cabin filters in my cars, nothing fancy and they've worked fine so far. I can definitely see the appeal in the HEPA filters if you live in a more polluted area but in Canada, there isn't much to filter out.

Now that we're talking about filters, think the Bolt's cabin filter will be in the usual place inside the glove box?
I can vouch for them too, heard many stories about how they helped those with allergies that react to pollen but with a filter like that have little to no reaction.
 

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I've generally used normal cabin filters in my cars, nothing fancy and they've worked fine so far. I can definitely see the appeal in the HEPA filters if you live in a more polluted area but in Canada, there isn't much to filter out.

Now that we're talking about filters, think the Bolt's cabin filter will be in the usual place inside the glove box?
Hopefully .. Nice and easily accessible
 

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That's how it should be ultimately, it is a volume product and keeping that simple enough is the way to go. Plus there's the chance some aftermarket company will come out with their own version, that's if getting the OEM Tesla filter isn't as easy or cheap.
 
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