GM announced on Friday that it was working with Ventec Life Systems to increase the production of respiratory care products, such as ventilators, that are needed by a growing number of hospitals as the COVID-19 pandemics spread in the United States.
The partnership is part of StopTheSpread.org, a coordinated action by private companies to respond to COVId-19, a coronavirus disease.
Ventec will use GM's logistics, purchasing and manufacturing expertise to build more fans. The companies did not disclose any further details, e.g. B. when production could start or how many fans would be produced.
GM chairman and CEO Mary Barra A statement said that GM is working closely with Ventec to rapidly increase production.
"We will continue to look for ways to help in this time of crisis," added Barra.
The need for ventilators is urgent as cases of COVID-19 become more common with the start of frequent tests. While some people with COVID-19 reported milder symptoms, others had severe breathing problems and need to be hospitalized.
The shortage has prompted automakers to look for ways to boost fan production. Volkswagen and Ford have reportedly either spoken to the White House or committed to investigate the problem. Volkswagen said on Friday that it had set up a task force to deal with the use of 3D printing to manufacture hospital ventilators.
Elon Musk tweeted on Friday that Tesla and SpaceX employees were "working on ventilators" even though he didn't think they were needed. His confirmation on Twitter that both of his companies are working on ventilators comes a day after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Musk asked directly to address a shortage of hospitals preparing to fight COVID-19.
Musk did not specify what "working on ventilators" meant, what Tesla factory could be used, what capacity might be available, or when he wanted to start production.