As we embrace the new norm, many of us will be spending a considerable amount of time in our cars to commute daily to work. But is the cabin of your car truly a cleaner environment?
Even when travelling with the windows closed, the air quality inside can be affected by the air from the outside. It is therefore important for cars to be equipped with cabin air-filtering capabilities.
However, like many other parts in your car such as spark plugs and oil filters, cabin filters are one of the parts we frequently replace in our cars but we rarely talked about.
You may be surprised to learn that PROTON has equipped its entire range of cars, from the Proton X70 to the Saga, Persona, Iriz, Exora and Proton X50 with N95 Cabin Filters as an integral part of the air conditioning system.
N95 — An extra layer of protection
The biggest difference between an N95 Cabin Filter and the average dust and pollen filter is the efficiency of filtration. An N95 Cabin Filter can remove 95% of particles and contaminants that are larger than 0.3µm (microns) and 98% of PM2.5 dust particulates creating a highly efficient air purifier to filter smoke particulates, dust, bacteria and other pollutions; ensuring that the air inside the cabin remains clean.
In simple terms, for contaminants entering the car due to opening of doors & windows, the N95 Cabin Filter can eliminate bacteria as well filtering more than 80% of allergens from cats, dogs, pollen & aphid; breaking down PM 2.5 components that have adverse effects on the human body.
Proton Intelligent Air Purification System (P-IAPS)
More interesting though, is the P-IAPS in the Proton X70. To provide you with a cleaner breathing environment, the air filtration system in the Proton X70 comes factory equipped with the PROTON Intelligent Air Purification System (P-IAPS), that combines the benefits of an air purifier system and an N95 Cabin Filter.
The IAPS uses a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter that removes 99.97% of particles larger than 0.3 microns while its activated carbon removes odours, formaldehyde and adsorbs and purifies smoke particulates; whilst the ioniser discharges negative ions to cleanse the air.
By combining the Air Purifier System with the N95 Cabin Filter, the PROTON Intelligent Air Purification System (P-IAPS) acts as a barrier against contaminated air making its way into the cabin, offering a high level of protection against airborne pollutants for a cleaner and healthier environment.
And there you have it, folks, yet another reason to own a brand-new Proton car, for a cleaner cabin air quality for you and your family. If you do own a Proton and are taking it servicing soon, make sure that you’re getting an N95 Cabin Filter.
Those of you who are eagerly waiting for your X50 to arrive, rest assured that this SUV too, is fitted with the N95 Cabin Filter. At the end of the day, we’d say it’s worth the extra investment, because after all you can’t put a price tag on the wellbeing of you and your family.
The unveiling of the Saga Anniversary Edition was not the only big news from Proton today, as the company also made another big announcement.
Proton’s N95 Cabin Filter, which was previously available only on the X70 SUV, will now be made available for the Saga, Persona, Iriz, and Exora as well.
While current owners will have the option to purchase the N95 Cabin Filter for RM59 excluding labour charges, there will be a 15% discount on the price of the filter For a limited period until the 9th of October 2020.
The new N95 Cabin Filter is capable of removing 95% of particles larger than 0.3 microns and also removes 98% of PM2.5 dust particulates.
It is therefore an effective barrier against smoke particulates, dust, bacteria and other pollutants and functions in both fresh and recirculation modes for the air-conditioning system.
Proton today announced that current X70 owners will be able to upgrade their dust and pollen filter to the newly introduced Proton Intelligent Air Purification System (PIAPS) N95 Cabin Filter for just RM79 excluding labour charges.
Beginning 13th May 2020, owners who are interested in replacing their filters can make service appointments by contacting any Proton service outlet. A service campaign is also scheduled to run from 18 May – 18 August 2020 where a 15% discount on the price of the filter will be offered to all Proton X70 owners.
The announcement is in line with the introduction of the PIAPS system which will be offered as standard on every new unit of the 2020 Proton X70 from now onwards.
The PIAPS system combines the benefits of an N95 Cabin Filter and the Air Purifier System to offer a comprehensive method to improve in-cabin air quality.
The new N95 Cabin Filter is capable of removing 95% of particles larger than 0.3 microns and also removes 98% of PM2.5 dust particulates. It is therefore an effective barrier against smoke particulates, dust, bacteria and other pollutants and functions in both fresh and recirculation modes for the air-conditioning system.
The existing Air Purifier System fitted to all Proton X70s will also remain. It uses a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter that removes 99.97% of particles larger than 0.3 microns while its activated carbon removes odours, formaldehyde and adsorbs and purifies smoke particulates.
Additionally, the ioniser discharges negative ions to cleanse the air. By combining the Air Purifier System with the N95 Cabin Filter, the PROTON Intelligent Air Purification System (P-IAPS) acts as a barrier against contaminated air making its way into the cabin, offering a high level of protection against airborne pollutants for a cleaner and healthier environment.
“Proton is constantly looking at ways to improve our offerings. The introduction of the N95 Cabin Filter is particularly relevant in today’s global environment and by improving the quality of air in the cabin, we hope to deliver a comfortable contaminant-free experience to our customers. For now, P-IAPS will only be offered on the Proton X70 but our designers and engineers are working to fit the N95 cabin filter in our other models too,” said Dr Li Chunrong, CEO of Proton.
Proton has announced that they will be restarting operations from today onwards after receiving all necessary approvals form the relevant authorities.
This applies to all its’ different corporate business units. Some showrooms and service centres will also open today, but some of these outlets are subject to approval from state government and local authorities.
But that’s not all. Our national carmaker has also announced on its official website that the X70 SUV will be offered with N95 cabin filter system as standard very soon.
The announcement follows Geely’s development of the G-Clean Intelligent Air Purification System (IAPS) which automatically filter out harmful particulates in the cabin, back in February.
How the IAPS system works is that it has an active carbon chemical filter which absorbs harmful gases, and filters out bad odour and harmful pollutants from entering the cabin.
The system also comes with a negative ion generator which sterilises and deodorises the air in the car, and gets rid of viruses, bacteria, fungi and mould in the air.
So, yes, the X70 is going to be getting some kick-ass air filtration system – that’s for sure. But details like when exactly, and if there will be a change in price, and what not, remains unknown for now.