Tesla belongs to a group of car manufacturers who are converting conversion systems for the construction of fans for the COVID-19 crisis. In the following video, the company gives a look behind the scenes of the ventilator's design process.
Like Ford and General Motors, Tesla engineers build their breather with parts for their vehicles. The reason is simple: auto parts are available. Automobile companies compulsorily provide parts for final assembly. Without doing this, door handles can shut down a production line, for example. With that in mind, the Tesla engineers say in this video that they are trying to use as many auto parts as possible.
For example, the Tesla ventilator uses the Model 3 infotainment system to power a Model 3 vehicle computer, which in turn controls an airflow manifold. A suspension air tank is used as an oxygen mixing chamber. Among other things, the team also uses a Model 3 touchscreen as a controller.
Tesla is one of several American automakers that are committed to either donating supplies or offering resources to make more fans. Ford is working with GE to expand the production of ventilators while using its own resources to build vents, respirators and face shields. GM intends to build fans in an Indiana-based auto factory and recently announced that it will soon be able to manufacture 50,000 face masks per day. Elon Musk, head of Tesla, recently said that the New York plant would soon reopen to produce fans – maybe even the vents shown in the video here.