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JLR high-tech set to squash virus invasions

PRETORIA, South Africa – Jaguar Land Rover’s future cabin-air purification technology has been shown in laboratory tests to inhibit viruses and airborne bacteria by as much as 97%.

The prototype heating, ventilation, and aircon (HVAC) system uses Panasonic’s NanoeX technology is claimed to inhibit harmful bacteria and viruses and will help future Jaguar and Land Rover prodcucts to deliver a unique customer experience.

The research comes as Jaguar Land Rover defines its future strategy: a sustainability-rich re-imagination of modern luxury, unique customer experiences, and positive societal impact.


JLR partnered with Perfectus Biomed Ltd, a microbiology and virology laboratory, to perform the world-leading sealed-chamber test designed to simulate a vehicle’s ventilation system in recirculation mode over a 30-minute cycle.

The independent research showed that viruses and bacteria were inhibited by as much as 97%.

Panasonic’s innovative NanoeX technology has also been tested on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2*) by Texcell, a global research organisation that specialises in viral testing and immuno-profiling, and is one of the world’s few  laboratories with permission to test against novel coronavirus.

It found more than 99.995% of the virus was inhibited during the two-hour laboratory test.


Dr Steve Iley, JLR’s chief medical officer, told The Corner in a media release: “Our customers’ well-being is of paramount importance. Now, more than ever, we are all looking for technological solutions that can help to take care of our loved ones.

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”The independent research, developed and commissioned by Our expert engineers, is just one of the ways we are working to assure our customers that harmful pathogens are being minimised, providing a cleaner environment for passengers.”

Alexander Owen, a JLR research engineer, said: “This technology is a great example of being able to harness the power of nature and puts JLR right at the front of such cabin technology. Its creation is the first step in deploying this scientific phenomenon within vehicle cabins.”


This research will allow Jaguar Land Rover to offer the next generation of advanced cabin-air filtration. Models across the Jaguar range, including all-electric Jaguar I-Pace performance SUV, and Land Rover line-up – including the Discovery and Range Rover Evoque – currently offer Nanoe technology and PM2.5 filtration.

Finally, an innovative pre-conditioning feature can enable the system before humans enter.

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