Nowadays, our air isn’t as clean as it once was. More and more cities across the globe are becoming enveloped in smog and pollution is a problem that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Up to 45 per cent of the world’s population now suffers from some form of allergy or hypersensitivity and over 10 per cent suffer from asthma. And when you consider that we now spend more time in our cars than ever before, the need for an effective and reliable air conditioning system has never been greater. This is why Volvo developed the CleanZone philosophy.
The CleanZone initiative is Volvo Cars’ unique approach to improving in-car air that uses innovative solutions to create an altogether healthier driving environment. Back in the mid-1990s, Volvo Cars established specifications and began testing in order to create an in-car environment that would be safe for hypersensitive people. The Volvo S80, introduced in 1998, was the first model in which this work was clearly noticeable.
“With its keen focus on health and wellbeing, CleanZone is a perfect example of Volvo Cars’ human-centric approach.”
A vision becomes reality
With the release of the all-new XC90 Volvo took a big step forwards regarding the quality of air we can expect to breathe in our cars. The reason for this dramatic improvement in interior air quality was the introduction of a larger, more efficient multi- filter. Thanks to its size, the new multi-filter is capable of intercepting more particles and pollen than ever before. It also features a layer of active charcoal, which is designed to effectively remove a wide variety of contaminants that can cause harm to a driver’s health. But even with this amount of work to do, the new multi-filter only has to be changed once a year.
Watching out for your wellbeing
This new multi-filter, however, is just one of the elements that make up the state-of-the-art Interior Air Quality System (IAQS) that can be found in new Volvo cars. There is also a sensor that monitors incoming air for noxious substances. If the level of harmful substances detected is deemed too high, e.g. if you happen to be driving through a tunnel, the car’s air intake closes automatically. By working together, the new multi-filter and sensor are able keep out a host of harmful and irritating pollutants.
The Volvo S90, V90 and XC90 also have a new display that lets you know if the interior air quality deteriorates. An icon on the 9-inch centre display touch screen changes from blue – which means that conditions are fine – to grey if, for instance, you open a window and unfiltered air gets into the cabin or you turn off the air quality sensor. However, air continues to be passed through the multi-filter. It’s a gentle reminder that CleanZone is always watching out for your wellbeing.*
Filtering the air from outside is only one part of the CleanZone solution – removing harmful emissions that originate within the car is just as important. This is why Volvo has set up a rigorous test programme designed to monitor, control and minimise interior emissions. This test programme includes Volvo Cars’ Nose Team, whose expert members spend their days testing the odours given off by different objects, such as the materials used in floor mats and child safety seats, to determine whether they are acceptable or too strong.
*This feature is available for: Model Year 2017 Volvo S90/V90/V90 Cross Country and XC90.
The air that we breathe
Another new innovation in Volvo Cars’ mission to provide a clean
in-car environment is remote cabin ventilation. Remote cabin ventilation gives Volvo drivers the option of activating the ventilation system before entering the car. This helps reduce odours and replaces the existing cabin air with purified outside air before anyone steps into the car. This function is automatically activated when the car doors are unlocked using the remote key.
With its keen focus on health and wellbeing, CleanZone is a perfect example of Volvo Cars’ human-centric approach. An approach that is perfectly in sync with modern sensibilities and today’s increasing demand for quality. From our quality of life to the quality of the air that we breathe.