Tesla’s New Model X SUV Can Protect You From Bioweapons

Elon Musk introduces the Tesla Model X and its bioweapon defense mode.
Elon Musk introduces the Tesla Model X and its bioweapon defense mode. Justin Sullivan / Getty

Tesla's new Model X SUV is loaded with safety features, but the most impressive is an air filter setting called "bioweapon defense mode." When Elon Musk unveiled the Model X, he joked about the availability of "hospital level air quality" accessible by a button on the dashboard display in the shape of the international biohazard symbol.

Musk introduced his newest electric car himself in California. The seven–seat SUV builds on the previous Model S and also boasts winged doors, 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds, and the largest all-glass panoramic windshield in production. What turned heads, however, was the medical–grade High Efficiency Particulate Arresting, or HEPA, air filter.

The three air circulation modes are: circulate with outside air, re–circulate inside air, and bioweapon defense mode. The latter provides Model X passengers with positive pressure inside the cabin. Tesla boasts the SUV is "pollution free, inside and out." Another aptly named upgrade available on the Model X is the Ludicrous Speed Upgrade, which cuts the 0–60 time down to 3.2 seconds.

People who reserve the Model X today from the Tesla website can expect delivery in the latter half of 2016. The $5,000 reservation payment is just a small piece of the $132,000 base pricetag for the Model X.