StreetScooter: Fine-dust-free driving

Emission-free vehicles are already driving around. But how does fine-dust-free driving work? Mann + Hummel demonstrate how, with a fine dust particle filter testing a “completely emission-free” vehicle in collaboration with StreetScooter.

Even more eco-friendly with Mann + Hummel‘s fine dust particle filter. Photo: Mann + Hummel

Even more eco-friendly with Mann + Hummel‘s fine dust particle filter. Photo: Mann + Hummel

Vehicles with an electric drive don’t emit climate-harming CO2 when driving. But, like their combustion engine counterparts, electric vehicles also produce fine dust. The cause are tire-, brake- and road abrasion – poison for cities trying to reduce the fine dust pollution by establishing environmental zones.

Mann + Hummel’s Fine Dust Particle Filter Makes it Possible

Mann + Hummel is striving to change this and is now presenting a fine-dust-neutralized electric vehicle in collaboration with the German Post (Deutsche Post DHL) and their subsidiary StreetScooter. A fine dust particle filter, installed at the rear of the vehicle, makes this possible. The StreetScooter, equipped with the particle filter, is thereby able to neutralize its particle emission in German traffic.

According to the company, fans are installed behind the filters, which supply the filter with air from the surrounding area. The vehicles are therefore able to filter fine dust out of the air even when standing. The car still draws the necessary energy of approximately 300 kilowatts from the car battery, but StreetScooter wants to equip future vehicles with solar panels.

The fine dust particle filter is integrated in five test vehicles. Photo: Ilona Jüngst

The fine dust particle filter is integrated in five test vehicles. Photo: Ilona Jüngst

“With the application of fine dust filters, we are able to improve the excellent ecological balance of our StreetScooter another notch,” says Achim Kampker, CEO of Post-subsidiary StreetScooter, during the vehicle’s presentation in Ludwigsburg. The filter modules will first be installed in five StreetScooter test vehicles, which will enter service in German city centers immediately. After a successful test, a serial application of the fine dust filter is possible. In that case, the StreetScooter could be the first quasi emission-free car to go into production.

The vehicle is completely emission-free in regard to the overall balance while driving. This means:

no carbon dioxide (CO2),
no nitrogen oxide (NOx),
no noise,
no fine dust.

In addition, the new fine dust particle filters are outfitted with sensors to monitor the system’s efficiency via online monitoring, according to Mann + Hummel.

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