Panasonic Cup Holder Air Purifier Cleans Car Smell

Panasonic’s “nanoe X” is a portable air purifier that can be perched in a cup holder to clear a vehicle’s interior of unwanted smells, including new car smells that may not be the best for your health, as they may contain volatile organic compounds being emitted from plastics and vinyl in the vehicle still off-gassing after manufacturing.

Panasonic promises the USB-powered air purifier designed to sit in most cup holders can clean all the air in a car’s cabin in about two hours.

The purifier relies on the company’s nanoe X technology, which it has used in other purifying products earlier. Those namesake ‘nanoes’ are “nano-sized electrostatic atomized water particles produced by applying a high voltage to water collected from the air and contains hydroxyl radicals that easily act on various substances.” Not only can they reduce the intensity of odors, but can also help “inhibit viruses, bacteria, mold, and allergens, both air-borne and on surfaces.”

Panasonic says its nanoe X products have been certified by organizations like the California Air Resource Board, the Underwriters Laboratories, and the Electrical Testing Laboratory, so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt until we’re able to go hands-on with the device, but pricing and availability aren’t known yet.

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