Volvo's Unique Recipe For Healthier, Hayfever-Free Summer Driving

‘Clean Inside & Out’
‘Clean Inside & Out’ technology keeps drivers fresh as a daisy

Hot summer temperatures can turn the air inside a car into an aggravating cocktail of chemicals and pollutants released from the materials inside the cabin. Throw pollen into the mix and even a short journey can leave drivers feeling drained or finding it hard to concentrate fully.

But Volvo provides the perfect recipe for healthier summer driving across its range¹ with its environmental ‘Clean Inside and Out’ concept that provides Electronic Climate Control with an effective 'Air Quality System' and pollen filter, plus interiors that comply to the international 'Oeko-Tex'² ecological certification to create an allergy-free interior - ideal for sufferers of asthma, hayfever or contact allergies such as eczema³.

Clean inside…

Complying to the international 'Oeko-Tex 100' standard is a major step towards providing the healthiest car interior environment possible as it ensures all materials are free from harmful emissions. As a result, Volvo imposes strict demands on its interior trim components, which involves extensive testing of all materials, such as seatbelts, carpets, dashboard, glues and fabrics for dyes, pesticides and metals, to detect any chemicals that trigger allergies, even under extreme temperatures.

Even the leather upholstery meets this requirement, having undergone chromium-free tanning, thanks to the use of natural plant substances to eliminate hexavalent chromium, which together with nickel in buttons and controls can also cause contact allergies. Consequently, other details, such as the handbrake button and steering wheel emblem, have all been tested for contact allergies, too.

To keep the air inside the cabin free from pollen and dust, in addition to the standard Electronic Climate Control and pollen filter, all models in the Volvo range² (except the current C70 convertible) also have an Interior Air Quality System (IAQS) that uses electronic sensors.

to monitor the amount of pollutants in the incoming air and automatically closes the air inlets when levels rise too hig - for instance, when driving in busy city traffic, traffic hold-ups or in tunnels. A combined filter with active carbon eliminates odour surges and lowers the levels of nitrogen dioxides, ground-level ozone and hydrocarbons.

Volvo also has an expert ‘nose team’ that sniff tests all components to be used in Volvo car interiors to make sure they are inoffensive and safe. The components are heated to replicate a car parked in the sun all day, as smells intensify as the car interior heats up.

…and out

Another environmental initiative unique to Volvo is PremAir which automatically cleans the air passing through the radiator to convert up to 75 per cent of ground level ozone, created by mixing nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and sunshine, into pure oxygen.

Furthermore, Volvo was one of the first car companies to be awarded global certification under the international environmental standard, ISO 14001, and was the first to produce an EPI (Environmental Product Information) to assess the lifetime impact of its models, starting with the S80 in 1998.

Published : 27/06/05 Author : Melanie Carter

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