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The Tesla Model X has a Bioweapon Defense Mode button

Tesla’s engineers went overboard when they built the air filter for the Model X SUV. When speaking about the safety features of the car during the Tuesday night reveal, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the air filter was beyond top-of-the-line. He claimed the filter is the first true HEPA system — a government standard that requires a filter to remove 99.97% of small particles — on an automobile. But Musk didn’t stop there. 2-3After claiming the air inside the Model X was as clean as a hospital’s, he said the filter even has a “Bioweapon Defense mode.” “When the car is operating at maximum capability, we can’t even detect any viruses, bacteria or spores. So if there’s ever an apocalyptic scenario of some kind — hypothetically — you just press the bioweapon defense mode button.” After the audience began to laugh at his description, Musk responded, “This is a real button!” 2-1Musk showed the actual filter at the event, saying it’s 10x as big as a regular car’s. Besides particle filters, it also has three layers of carbon to filter harmful gases: hydrocarbons, acid gases and alkaline gases. The result is an air filter that is hundreds of times more effective than anything else on a vehicle, Tesla claims. Given the megafilter on the car, it’s sure to be a hit with the tinfoil-hat crowd. They’d better be able to pony up for it, though: The Tesla Model X starts at $132,000.

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