TodayApril 15, 2022

A world-first for Volvo and clean air

Safety first and clean air

China is known for its bad air. For years, Chinese cars have had PM2.5 measurements in their vehicles: Geely, a Chinese company, owns Volvo cars. Volvo is bringing the safety of world-first premium air quality technology in its cars.

Volvo Cars has introduced a world-first premium air quality technology in its cars, allowing Volvo drivers to breathe clean and healthy air inside their vehicles and clean their cabin’s air ahead of their journey.

The company’s new Advanced Air Cleaner technology comes with a sensor that measures PM 2.5 levels inside the cabin, creating a feature unavailable in any other car currently on the market.

In China, where PM 2.5 measurements and related information services are well-established, Volvo drivers can also compare air quality inside the cabin to outside the car.

Indicating the amount of fine particulate matter in the air, PM 2.5 is a widely-used measure for air quality. Globally, many urban areas suffer from PM 2.5 values that exceed recommended levels by the World Health Organization, underlining the need to minimize their impact.

Available on Volvo models based on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), including the V90, V90 Cross Country, XC90, and all 60 Series Volvo models, the Advanced Air Cleaner cleans out fine particulate matters from the cabin. A synthetic fiber-based filter and ionization keep up to 95 percent of all PM 2.5 particles out of the car’s interior.

The filter optimizes air quality inside the car, limiting the adverse health effects associated with air pollution and fine particulates. Cleaner air inside the car also helps to advance safe driving, as healthy and fresh air can help boost driver concentration.

Drivers of relevant Volvo models can also use the Volvo On Call smartphone app (where available) to easily schedule an extra cleaning of the cabin air ahead of their journey. The app then tells drivers about the actual PM 2.5 levels inside the cabin after cleaning.

“With our Advanced Air Cleaner technology, you can rest assured that the air you breathe inside your Volvo is cleaner and healthier,” said Anders Löfvendahl, senior technical expert on cabin air quality at Volvo Cars. “We believe that clean air is good for you, both from a health and from a safety perspective, and will continue to push the envelope in this area.”

Apart from the Advanced Air Cleaner technology, Volvo Cars also creates a healthy environment inside its cars in other ways. Its engineers have a long-standing focus on removing emissions from organic substances in the car and minimizing allergy-causing materials from its interiors.

Volvo Cars has strict sourcing requirements for suppliers to minimize the generation and emission of odors from parts and materials used inside the cabin. The company also works closely with a variety of universities and other institutes on projects related to material use and developing and implementing ever-stricter allergy standards for its interiors.

A special team of odor assessors, internally known as The Noses, tests components individually and on a whole car level for odor emissions. Despite technological advances, this team remains unmissable for the odor control process as the human nose is much more sensitive than any analytical instrument.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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