Elon Musk to reopen Tesla's NY gigafactory to boost ventilator production

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 26, 2020

Musk tweeted yesterday that Tesla's collaboration with Medtronic was "making good progress" and pledged that his company would now "do whatever is needed to help in these hard times". "We will do anything in our power to help the citizens of New York", Musk tweeted on Wednesday.

COVID-19 is a new illness without a cure that affects the lungs and airways.

Earlier this week, it was reported the state had about 3,000 to 4,000 ventilators on hand.

Businesses in the United Kingdom such as Dyson and Rolls-Royce have stepped up to convert their production sites into manufacturing lines for ventilators following calls from the government for support from industry as the NHS faces a shortage. Ventilators are used to help people breathe and fight the coronavirus (Covid-19) disease, so it is a critical piece of medical equipment needed for patients who are hospitalized with the virus. His claims were initially met with skepticism by some experts, but the Medtronic CEO said the company is "fast on track" to start the ventilator production.

I look forward to working with Tesla and New York State as ventilator production begins to ramp up in Buffalo. He said Medtronic is open sourcing one of its lower-end ventilators in less acute situations for others to make ventilators as quickly as they can. On Monday, Musk revealed that Tesla had purchased 1,255 unneeded ventilators from China and shipped them to Los Angeles to help alleviate the local shortage.

In addition, it is understood that Tesla has initiated plans to also build ventilators at its Fremont, California factory that is also under strict lockdown orders.

The Space Exploration Company, or SpaceX, which is also led by Musk, is also reportedly producing protective gear and sanitizers to be donated to healthcare workers and small businesses. In the past week, technology companies have started to ship mask stockpiles to USA states in need.

The Gigafactory 2 solar plant in NY will reopen "as soon as humanly possible", to produce the devices used to mechanically assist those struggling to breathe at hospitals, Musk said.

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