Tesla CEO Elon Musk The company announced on Wednesday that the company's Buffalo, New York, facility would open "as soon as possible" to manufacture ventilators that are in short supply due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
His comments, which were posted on Twitter on Wednesday, follow earlier statements from the CEO, outlining plans to either donate ventilators or increase the production of critical medical equipment needed for patients using COVID-19, one coronavirus caused by respiratory diseases, hospitalized. COVID-19 attacks the lungs and can cause acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia. And since there is no clinically proven treatment, ventilators rely on people to breathe and fight the disease. There are approximately 160,000 ventilators in the United States and another 12,700 in the National Strategic Supply, the NYT reported.
Giga New York will reopen for ventilator production as soon as possible. We will do everything we can to help New York citizens.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk), March 25, 2020
Last week, Tesla said in a statement that production at its Fremont, California plant, where the electric vehicles will be assembled, and at the Buffalo, NY gigafactory should be discontinued, except for parts and supplies necessary for service, infrastructure and critical supply chains are required. ”
Based on Musk's statements, it is unclear when the Buffalo plant will reopen or how long it would take to rebuild part of its factory that manufactures solar panels. Musk did not say whether this was part of a possible collaboration with Medtronic .
Omar Ishrak, CEO of Medtronic, told CNBC on Wednesday that it will increase the capacity of its intensive care ventilators and work with others like Tesla. He said Medtronic was open sourcing one of its bottom ventilators in less acute situations so that others could make it as quickly as possible. These lower ventilators, which are easier to manufacture because there are fewer components, can be used as an intermediate step in intensive care.
Tesla is one of several automakers, including GM, Ford, and FCA, that are committed to either donating supplies or offering resources to make more fans. Earlier this week, Ford announced it was working with GE Healthcare to expand a ventilator's production capacity.
GM is working with Ventec Life Systems to increase the production of respiratory care products such as ventilators. 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.