The coronavirus pandemic has caused a nation-wide lockdown in India. The virus, which is known to be highly contagious transmits through small droplets of cough or sneeze of the infected person. While scientists are studying if the droplets remain airborne for a long time but current studies suggest that the virus may remain in the air for about 45 minutes to 3 hours depending on the situations. That is why medical professionals are advising to wear face masks to ensure that the airborne coronavirus does not enter a healthy person. Well, when the lockdown lifts up, you may have to continue to wear the mask to keep yourself safe. If travelling in a car, the virus may enter the cabin unless it has a HEPA air filter! In India, quite a few cars now offer factory-fitted HEPA filter to keep the pollutants out. These HEPA-equipped air purifiers will also keep the airborne coronavirus away. The HEPA filter has an extraordinary efficiency of stopping particles of size 0.01 micron or 10 nanometers. The size of the coronavirus is 125 nanometers. However, an air purifier alone may not keep you safe. The coronavirus will survive on metallic and plastic surfaces or days and that what most of the car is made up of. Still, these are the five cars that are equipped with HEPA filters in India.
Recently launched in the Indian market, the higher-end variants of the Hyundai Creta offer the integrated HEPA air purifier. The car comes with an integrated air purifier and there is a massive display on the armrest that shows the real-time reading of the pollutants.
The Seltos became the first car in the segment to offer an integrated air purifier. The Seltos offers the air purifier in the top-end variants and the purifier has various modes that work according to the situation. Even the Seltos offers a dedicated LCD screen that shows the level of pollutants in the cabin. It also gets a perfume dispenser that keeps the cabin fresh and free of any smell.
MG ZS EV
The first and only electric car from the British carmaker, MG Motors was launched in the Indian market earlier this year. The all-new MG ZS EV is the only electric car in the Indian market to offer a HEPA air purifier. The air purifier shows all the readings on the display of the car and keeps the occupants safe by filtering out the pollutants in the air.
The most affordable car with a factory-fitted air purifier in India, the Hyundai Venue offers safe, pollution-free cabin to the occupants. The Venue gets a removable air purifier that is positioned between the front two seats. The Venue’s air purifier does not have readings to show but there are colour-coded lamps that will indicate that the pollution level has come down.
The all-new Kia Carnival is one of the most luxurious MPVs in the Indian market. It is a value-for-money product and also offers integrated air purifier with dedicated display to show the pollutant levels. The car offers the air purifier with the top-end version only.
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