Delhi pollution: This concept car literally cleans air around it. Check out how

Zero emission vehicles are great but what about a car that has negative emissions which means it claims to actively clean the air around it.
By : HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 05 Nov 2021, 10:29 AM
Concept car Airo designed by Heatherwick Studio (Heatherwick Studio)
Concept car Airo designed by Heatherwick Studio (Heatherwick Studio)
Concept car Airo designed by Heatherwick Studio (Heatherwick Studio)
Concept car Airo designed by Heatherwick Studio

It is that time of the year again in Delhi when pollution levels have shot off the charts and every single monitoring station is reporting figures in a bloodshot shade of red. A day after Diwali saw locals waking up to a haze with many pointing to the grey skyline with a familiar feeling of disdain. And while several factors contribute to Delhi's horrific air quality each year - from stubble burning in adjoining states to firecrackers and even vehicular emissions - the yearly problem seems to have no concrete solution yet. But what if a certain air cleaning vehicle transforms from concept form to mass production and manages to touch down on Indian shores?

Say a warm hello to a breath of fresh air in the automotive world, say hello to Airo.

Showcased for the first time at the Shanghai Car Show and Goodwood Festival of Speed, Airo has been designed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick and is a concept that managed to create a whole lot of buzz. In a world where zero emission vehicles are considered the future, here comes in a negative emission vehicle.

Similar Cars

Find More Cars
Tata Tigor Ev (HT Auto photo)
Tata Tigor Ev
Electric | Automatic
₹11.99 - 13.14 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Tata Altroz Ev (HT Auto photo)
UPCOMING
Tata Altroz Ev
 
₹12 - 15 Lakhs* *Expected Price
Tata Nexon Ev (HT Auto photo)
Tata Nexon Ev
Electric | Automatic
₹13.99 - 16.85 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Mahindra Xuv400 Ev (HT Auto photo)
UPCOMING
Mahindra Xuv400 Ev
 
₹14 - 16 Lakhs* *Expected Price
Tata Nexon Ev Prime (HT Auto photo)
Tata  Nexon Ev Prime
30.2 kWh | Electric | Automatic | 312 Km
₹14.99 - 17.5 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Tata Nexon Ev Max (HT Auto photo)
Tata Nexon Ev Max
Electric | Automatic
₹17.74 - 19.24 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price

But what is a zero emission vehicle and why does the world - and Delhi in particular - really need a car like Airo?

Heatherwick states that Airo can collect particulate matter worth the size of a tennis ball. Fitted with HEPA filters, the electric vehicle (EV) claims to actively clean polluted air around it.

FOLLOW US:Stay Updated with latest content - Subscribe us on
FOLLOW US:Stay Updated with latest content - Subscribe us on

Of course, there are plenty of other highlights as well - swivel seats that can be folded and transformed into a bed, four-leaf table for dining, screen for projected video images, and more.

At the end of it all though, Airo is a concept and it won't come to much if it does not hit production lines and also, isn't really affordable. But Heatherwick reportedly wants to actually bring it out on roads and the vehicle may enter production by 2023. Will it be a game-changer for cities with high pollution levels? Time will tell.

First Published Date: 05 Nov 2021, 10:29 AM IST
Recommended For You
View All
NEXT ARTICLE BEGINS

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers on

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city
Choose city
By clicking VIEW OFFERS you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy

Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city