Tesla has begun rolling out offers for high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter retrofits to US owners of 2021 and older Model Y, enhanced filtration system aims to improve interior air quality. But with parts and labor pricing reaching $330, is it worth the upgrade cost?
The HEPA filter retrofit option recently appeared in the Tesla app for eligible vehicles. The package comprises the HEPA filter itself, main cabin microphone, installation hardware, and labor required to fit older Model Ys with the newer filtration tech.
Tesla breaks down the HEPA retrofit price as follows:
Total Part HEPA Filter – $175
Total labor – $124
Tax – 30
So what benefit does the HEPA filter offer compared to the original Model Y cabin filtration? HEPA filters are designed to capture 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns, greatly reducing dust and allergens circulating inside the vehicle.
Some Model Y owners welcomed the news, willing to invest $330 to breath healthier air within their electric SUVs. Especially pet owners and those susceptible to allergies stand to benefit.
But it remains unclear how much daily air quality improves over standard Model Y filters. And while handy, $330 may give some owners hesitating over pulling the trigger.
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