Lexus has partnered with Panasonic to create a new nanoe-based system to help make its car interiors healthier and safer.
Called nanoe X, the system discharges microscopic water molecules containing hydroxyl radicals into the airflow. These tiny particles help to remove viruses, bacteria, pollen and other allergens from the airf while also working against the spread of mould.
It’s a big development on the original nanoe technology that has previously been used in Lexus vehicles. The new system brings a 10-fold increase in the number of hydroxyl radical particles – those bacteria-fighting elements – discharged into the air. These are ‘abundant in nature’ according to Lexus, but their use helps to improve in-car air quality when travelling in heavily polluted areas.
Lexus also says that the system can help in vehicles which are used to carry different passengers day-to-day. This includes private hire vehicles, business fleets or even vehicles used to ferry kids back and forth from school. It can help to remove bacteria and other nasty particles from being retained in a car’s cabin.
This new system was first introduced into the Lexus ES, but is now available in the new UX, RX and the new RZ as part of the Lexus Climate Concierge system. Lexus says that other models will start to include the feature from 2023.