Tesla Bioweapon Defense Versus California Wildfire



The somewhat laughed-at mode is now actually helping owners affected by California wildfires

The wildfires raging all across California these days are some of the worse we’ve seen in decades. The sheer level of people affected, property and lives lost are staggering. Just a few days earlier, an entire northern California city of Paradise had already been completely wiped out by the blaze. More than 6,700 properties have been lost, burned to the ground entirely. At least nine people have unfortunately perished in the fires, while there are more than 250,000 people fleeing the fires. Even with the superhuman efforts by the firefighters and authorities, the Los Angeles firefighter officials revealed on Friday afternoon that the blaze remains “zero contained.”

However, to a degree, there’s some help coming to some of the people affected that are fleeing their homes – the Tesla Model X’s “Bioweapon Defense Mode.” While little consolation towards the property damaged and lost, the mode, part of the Model X’s intricate air purification system, is helping owners get out of the affected area safely.

One of the owners affected by the fire is Andrei Bulu, who posted images on social media that showcase the air readings from both in and outside his Model X. The readings were taken whilst driving through the Bay Area, a part of California heavily impacted from the smoke rising due to the Paradise fire. As you can see in the imagery below, the air quality readings show dramatic differences when taken in and outside of his vehicle.

Tesla’s Bioweapon Defense Mode allows occupants to breathe clean air. [Credit: AndreiB/Twitter]

While many considered the Model X’s “Bioweapon Defense Mode” a gimmick, it actually is doing wonders to improve the air quality for their drivers and passengers. The Bioweapon Defense Mode, which was later added to the Model S as well, is according to Tesla “100 times more effective than premium automotive filters, removing at least 99.97% of the fine particulate matter and gaseous pollutants, as well as bacteria, viruses, pollen, and mold spores.”

Additionally, Tesla has granted free Supercharging to all owners in the affected areas.

Let’s just hope that the authorities and the hard-working men and women of the firefighter brigades in California will be able to put this blaze down soon.

Meanwhile, if any of our readers are able to help, you can do it through The Salvation Army, that is collecting monetary donations that will go directly toward relief efforts. Furthermore, The American Red Cross is also taking donations to provide shelter, aid and emotional support for evacuees. You can make a donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or visiting their website.

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Will Tesla Model 3 ever get bioweapon defense mode?
And how is the standard filter doing against e.g. Pollen, anyone knows?

Musk said there wasn’t enough room under the hood for the huge filter that’s needed. Sorry, can’t speak to the pollen part of your question, but I imagine it’s quite similar to most cars.


I would have been gladly giving up the frunk just so we can have the option of biodefense now that fire season is so frequent in California.

According to Elon the Model 3 has the 2nd best air filtration system in a car, after the S & X. I don’t have data to provide you on how good it is with things like pollen, but I can tell you my Model 3 does wonders filtering out most gasoline smells from other cars.

Thanks 🙂

Most pollen is huge. I think it filters all of it out.
Comment Tesla MC: Bio mode is great for pollen season in FL and NC plus fire season in Naples in the spring.
Don’t hesitate to use it….

PM10 includes pollen. Much easier to filter than PM2.5, which includes particulate matter from emissions such as diesel exhaust and wood smoke.

HEPA filters can filter down to 0.3 um. The problem is how well sealed the rest of the car is and and its duct works. Any car can be designed to have a HEPA filter as long as the ventilation system is sealed and fan has enough power to push it thru.

You can filter out particulate matter. You can’t filter out CO and CO2 while adding O2 back to the cabin. The cabin filter may make your escape more comfortable, for sure, but it may not be able to save your life if you drive through a actively burning area.

Those air quality monitor systems are really cool. I want one of those!!!

I know (purple air) makes one cool system one can install. But those aren’t really portable.