The ventilator production is set to commence at the recently shut down Tesla factory in Buffalo, New York
In order to help combat the current COVID-19 crisis, Tesla has reopened its recent shutdown factory in New York, where they intend to manufacture ventilators for coronavirus patients. This was confirmed by Elon Musk, Tesla CEO. Currently, New York is the epicenter of the COVID-19 virus crisis in the United States. Due to the pandemic, Tesla was forced to shut its New York facility in Buffalo due to lockdown orders.
Taking to Twitter, Musk said, “Giga New York will reopen for ventilator production as soon as humanly possible. We will do anything in our power to help the citizens of New York.”
In addition to this, it should be noted that the news comes shortly after Assemblyman Sean Ryan urged Tesla’s chief executive to help the state of New York cope with the pandemic, according to an Al Jazeera report.
Recently, Tesla has been making other moves to help the shortage of hospital ventilators across the country. For example, Musk revealed that Tesla had purchased 1,255 unneeded ventilators from China and shipped them to Los Angeles to help alleviate the local shortage. Furthermore, the Tesla CEO notes how the medical devices – so urgently needed for the most critical patients – will be installed in hospitals for free. And we applaud that wholeheartedly as this is an unprecedented crisis, hitting both the U.S. and the world. However, that’s not all that Elon Musk intends to do to help alleviate the crisis and shortage of medical equipment across the United States.
From what we know, Tesla has initiated plans to also build ventilators at its Fremont, California factory that is also under strict lockdown orders. For this to happen, Tesla will source know-how from a medical equipment company Medtronic who will help the automaker start building these devices for California and the rest of the nation as well. In addition to that, it is reported that both Ford and General Motors are also working with medical companies to make ventilators and respirators. Even though all three are fierce competitors in the automotive market, in times of need, it shows you how well everyone can work together for the greater good.
After all, after this is all said and done, we’ll look at cars with different eyes. This all comes as a big warning sign to all of us and even though the pandemic might not be directly connected with global warming and climate change, the shrinking natural habitat, more people in places where animals rule and the close vicinity to pathogens like this, may all make us think a bit more about nature conservation and ecology. And hopefully, that brings some much-needed changes to the world after all is said and done.