Elon Musk has previously advertised a “bio-weapon protection regime” boasting that of Tesla vehicles that are designed to provide excellent air quality in the car, even in catastrophic conditions, without, in part, thanks to highly efficient HEPA air filtration. Musk has now said on Twitter that he hopes to one day provide similar air filtration along with home HVAC systems.
Tesla, although mainly a car manufacturer, is also already involved in home energy and energy production, thanks to the acquisition of SolarCity, the current production of solar roof products and the business building of Tesla batteries to store energy generated from green sources at home. Although he has not yet taken any action to enter other parts of the home or infrastructure, HVAC systems would in fact be a logical continuation of his business, as they represent a significant part of the overall energy consumption of the home, depending on its sources of energy. heating and cooling.
Increasing the efficiency of HVAC at home would have the added benefit of making other Tesla home energy products more attractive to consumers, as it would probably make it easier to achieve true self-sufficiency offline (or almost offline).
As for the company’s HEPA filtering, despite the name of the joke, Tesla actually takes Bioweapon Defense Mode very seriously. In a blog post in 2016, she described in detail what went into the design of the system, along with test data to support her claims about a HEPA filter that is “ten times more efficient than standard car filters.” Although Tesla does not cite forest fires in this post, it contains a list of “California highways during peak hours, smelly swamps, cow pastures in California’s Central Valley, and major cities in China” in terms of the challenges it wanted to handle. .
Many experts predict that the forest fires we are currently witnessing in devastating large parts of the west coast of the United States will only worsen as environmental conditions continue to suffer from the effects of climate change. Given this, and given Tesla’s larger business goals of offering a range of products that neutralize or reduce the environmental impact of its customers, more efficient and effective home HVAC products do not seem so far beyond its operational experience.