Valeo has been named a CES 2022 Innovation Awards Honouree for its UV Air Purifier for bus and coach cabins.

The French supplier says on activation, the system eliminates, in a single airflow cycle, more than 95% of viruses, including COVID-19, as well as any bacteria or mould present in the air circulating in the cabin.

Valeo’s UV Air Purifier uses ultraviolet light technology through a ‘light labyrinth;’ UV rays are blocked from spreading outside the metal box and ensuring passengers are never exposed to them. Only the air circulating in the ventilation box is purified by the light.

The UV rays work as both a bactericide and a germicide and can kill microbes such as viruses and pathogens. Valeo notes the effectiveness of disinfection against corona viruses has been proven in European laboratories.

The Valeo UV Air Purifier is designed to be compatible with buses and coaches of all types and sizes, air-conditioned or not. They can be fitted to new vehicles as well as those already on the road. To date, more than 2,000 buses are already equipped worldwide with Valeo technology.

In 2020, the Group devoted 12% of its original equipment sales to R&D and filed 1,174 initial patents. Valeo has nearly 20,000 engineers working across 63 R&D centres around the world to develop new technologies.

The CES Innovation Awards programme, owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), is an annual competition honouring outstanding design and engineering in 27 consumer technology product categories.