Hyundai built an air purifier from recycled Ioniq 5 EV parts

Every car is the result of a long development process in which car manufacturers build many pre-production vehicles that never see the light of day. Rather than completely scrapping one of its Ioniq 5 test vehicles, Hyundai used the car’s parts to create an air purifier.

According to a YouTube video description, the model has undergone “numerous tests to ensure our safety”. The video shows the vehicle being used over the course of a year to test the vehicle’s acoustic warning system, passerby noise regulation and wind tunnel noise, among other things.

The video shows Hyundai engineers dismantle the Ioniq 5 to the bone and then design a completely different product using its components. They used the cooling fan, door panels, LED taillight, infotainment unit and of course the filter unit. The engineers placed a 20-inch alloy wheel on the top of the case (so the air purifier is probably quite large), while the car’s decal adds some professional branding.

While many auto parts are already recyclable, including batteries, this is a fun experiment. It suggests that there are other sustainable ways to reuse a car that would otherwise have outlived its usefulness. Meanwhile, Hyundai has started shipping the Ioniq 5 in the US this month.

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