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'Ozone eating' technology for new Volvo S80

VOLVO'S new S80 will feature new 'ozone eating' technology which converts the car radiator into a catalytic converter. The Swedish manufacturer's new car, which goes on sale in the UK in September, will be the first to feature the technology which has been developed and tested with the America-based Engelhard Corporation.

The S80 will have radiators treated with Engelhard's PremAir catalyst system and it will be fitted to other new Volvo models starting next spring. Initially S80 models brought into the UK will not feature the new technology. However, they will once the system goes into full production in spring next year.

The radiator in the S80 will have a catalytic coating which removes smog-forming ozone from air flowing through it. As air passes through the treated radiator, ozone molecules are converted into oxygen and the conversion increases with increasing ambient air temperature, increasing coolant temperature and increasing ozone content in the ambient air.

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