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HEPA filter now $6,000 - yikes

Discussion in 'Model S' started by calisnow, Dec 21, 2016.

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  1. calisnow

    calisnow Active Member

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    So, after reading that studies have shown that many folks get almost 50% of their total daily pollution exposure while driving (apparently concentrations of pollutants are many times higher on the roads - logically) I'm really wanting the HEPA filter on my next Tesla.

    I was annoyed at $3,500 - fine. But now I can't buy the premium package without also getting the premium seats. So it's a $6,000 air filter.

    Okay, rant off.
     
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    It also robs you of a meaningful frunk whether you order it or not...
     
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    You're welcome.
     
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  4. Joe F

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    Take a deep breath.
    Count to 10.
    Cough.

    Could be worse. Could be in Beijing!
     
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    Could be worse. I thought this thread was about the cost of a replacement HEPA filter.
     
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    Me too.
     
  7. Mickie

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    Reminds me of the power trunk being held hostage to the PUP.

    I just wish you could cruise with the HEPA on chill mode, like on a lower fan speed. It's either off or blowing you away on 11, which just isn't feasible for any extended period of time outside of an actual bio hazard attack.
     
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    Wait what? Are you saying it doesn't filter out pollutants unless it is set to the pressurized Biohazard mode?
     
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    AFAIK! Geez, now you have me questioning myself, lol. Anyone want to chime in?
     
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    The good news is, the more Teslas on the road, the less need for a HEPA filter.
     
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    Won't go to Beijing anymore. Last time I couldn't see the hotel across the street and my nose, throat, and eyes were a mess for days.
     
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    Correct, from my understanding.

    Also if you have Bio on, it is off next time you get in the car.
     
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    @azdryheat @Mickie - okay I thought biohazard prevents any little particle at all from entering but that even without turning on biohazard the HEPA filter still prevents the vast majority of particles from entering the cabin - but maybe I'm wrong.
     
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    That would require a hermetically sealed Model S. You'll still get biohazards entering the car through the various air gaps throughout the car. It would just try to suck them out really quick.
     
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    The way I read the above text it is saying that 99.97% of pollution is removed regardless of whether or not Bioweapon mode is turned on.

    Reading the text below it seems like Bioweapon is even more protection because it maximizes fan speed and creates a pressure differential.

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    From what I have read of Bioweapon mode it is an attempt to create the equivalent of a sealed Model S by generating a pressure differential between the inside and outside of the cabin. The cabin is not sealed but gas moves out the various air gaps you mention instead of in because of the differential that exists while Bioweapon is turned on. At least that's the claim.
     
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    Ah, my bad.
     
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    I'd really think that standard, nonbiohazard mode would still circulate air through a filter, and probably a HEPA one. Hell, one of my first cars as a teen, a 98' Grand Prix GTP had a cabin filter, just not a HEPA one. Surely we've made progress from there.
     
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    I believe that's true. Positive pressure relative to the environment is the only way to guarantee that level of purity. The PUP cars aren't any better sealed than non-PUP cars. And cars in general are pretty leaky.
     
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    FWIW, I ordered my X with premium package and without the leather seats. I had to call the orders helpline to get that added in the system. Perhaps recent changes to the design studio removes the ability now but I would call orders and see if I can still get a $4,500 HEPA filter.
     
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