Kurumask filters viruses in your car
First released for Japan-market N-Box kei car
A new filter from Honda promises to help remove and eliminate virus particles from the air inside your car. The Kurumask filter is an add-on to your existing cabin filter, and it’s already been released in Japan for its first application.
The Kurumask, or “car mask” will, Honda says (via CarScoops), filter 99.8 percent of airborne viruses in 15 minutes of recirculating the air in your car. That’s based on testing commissioned by the automaker and performed by Kitasato Research Center for Environmental Sciences on specific E.Coli phage particles.
The air filter with Kurumask works through a new antiviral technology that uses zinc phosphate treatment. Honda says it damages the virus particles thanks to its special surface shape and that’s how it removes them from the air. Honda said that there’s a lower risk of developing resistant viruses with this method, and that it’s environmentally friendly.
Honda makes it clear that the test is based only on one specific virus, meaning that it’s not guaranteed to have the same effect on all viruses (like COVID-19), and that the test was performed using air recirculation mode, not outside air intake.
Still, it’s an innovative idea, and the filter is available now as a genuine Honda accessory through Honda Access. It’s initially sold just for the N-Box, the best-selling car in Japan and a tiny, square, kei car. The filter is estimated to work for a year before needing replacing and wraps around the existing filter. List price for the filter is 6,400 yen (CAD 80).