Rumor Has It

Tesla has announced an upgraded version of the Model S sedan.

And this new model will gain the “Bioweapon Defense Mode” from the Model X (a HEPA filter was previously only available on the Model X car). Elon Musk says this will come in handy “if there’s ever an apocalyptic scenario.”

The company goes on to assert that, when you push the button for this mode, the air filter, which happens to be 10 times larger than a normal car’s air filter, will keep you safe. Ultimately, it is supposed to be 300 times better at filtering bacteria, 500 times better at filtering allergens, 700 times better at filtering smog, and 800 times better at filtering viruses.

The Model S currently available through Tesla. Credit: Tesla

The source also suggests the new model will boast a 100 kWh battery option. Previous reports suggested the new model might also come with LED headlights, ventilated seats, and new paint options. For now though, it’s more likely that all upgrades are going in under the hood. 

The new Model S charger was also announced, which can accept 48 amps, up from 40 amps, to enable faster charging.


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