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    I think one of the problems I’m going to endure once I start driving an EV is the other cars on the road still belching diesel smoke and carbon dioxide etc. into the air. I commute about 40 km to work each day in southern Ontario. It’s torturous to see all the large ICE SUV’s and trucks with one person in them on the way. I drive an 11 year old civic that no longer has air conditioning so I need to keep the windows down in the summer heat. Yesterday a school bus stopped at a rail crossing ahead of me and when it resumed I choked on its blue toxic fumes. As I get older maybe I’m just less tolerant but I can’t wait for a cleaner and quieter commute! I saw on the Tesla X reveal their larger and better air filters. Does anyone know about the Model 3's? I'm sure I'll be driving with the windows up all the time until there are more EV's on the road than not.
     
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      Perhaps all the big city folks are used to the air, but when we make the occasional visit to the LA area from Arizona, my eyes burn from all the fumes the entire weekend we're over there. And after a weekend of driving in all the pollution, my car is coated with a thin film of oily grime. Yuck! I'd buy an optional upgraded filtering system if made available too.
       
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      And here I was going to go with my witty reply...

      No, you're not a snowflake...

      You're Bond.... Larry Bond :)

      In all seriousness though, you'll drive with the windows up and recirculate on and you won't smell a thing whether you have bio weapon defense mode or not.
       
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      I think the HEPA filtration in the X is considered a luxury upgrade.
       
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        It is... it's called "Bio Weapon Defense Mode".
         
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        Yes. I meant luxury is likely reserved for the X. So it's not something I'd expect to see in the 3. I should have been clearer.
         
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          Whenever I walk around Pittsburgh, I end up getting dust in my eyes every time one of those damn buses drives past. I don't think electrification will solve that problem. I guess we need better street sweepers.
           
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          I know exactly what you mean. I used to drive into Toronto from the west and you could see the dense bluish smog cloud hanging over the city in the daytime that I was driving into. And that was with no climactic inversion going on either. That was just a normal day. The people I worked with in a small town, Mitchell Ontario, used to refer to Toronto as the "Big Smoke" for this reason. However, that was before Ontario discontinued the coal burning generators. Still, because it has the busiest highways in the world (the 400 system) and we're still downwind of US coal generators I'm sure its not better than LA.
           
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          I wonder, are the exhaust pipes of these busses not pointed directly into the gutter? therefore blowing all the dust around?
           
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          Fix the AC? Modern iCE vehicles produce such low emissions ....I would suggest older polluting vehicles not kept up by owners are the problem...
           
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          Nah, just "wind" caused by the massive buses driving past. It picks up whatever dirt is on the road & flings it around.
           
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          I have kept the engine, exhaust system and anti-pollution system maintained to avoid polluting and improve mileage but it's been my experience that once an AC seal goes such that you lose the AC completely it's not worth fixing. The fact that you have anti-polluting devices on board ICE cars that do fail tells us something about this mode of transportation. It's time to go.
           
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          Running without AC, using windows instead, is good practice for long ranging in your AEV!
           

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