Tesla Is Building Ventilators Instead of Cars to Help Relief Efforts

As the world saw a looming crisis for ventilators caused by the recent coronavirus outbreak, many tech companies started developing their own models to aid the relief efforts. Not all that surprisingly, Tesla is one of those major players who have re-directed their efforts toward creating a functional ventilator design.

This new project comes as a response to New York City mayor Bill de Blasio asking the company for help. CEO Elon Musk responded by promising to build working prototypes.

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Tesla Is Building Ventilators Instead of Cars to Help Relief Efforts

What Tesla Has Done so Far

In a recent video posted on Tesla’s YouTube channel, the tech company’s team of engineers present two ventilator versions. One is a prototype model placed on a desk showing all parts and how the ventilator works, and the other one is a packaged model simulating how it would be used in a hospital setting.

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Tesla Is Building Ventilators Instead of Cars to Help Relief Efforts

What the Critics Say

The critics say that Tesla engineers have received over their prototypes are that instead of utilizing an already existing design, they are trying to build an entirely new one. Tesla has responded by saying they want to use parts they already know well and can supply in high volumes without hurting the medical supply chain. The ventilators they are currently developing include parts from their famous Model 3 (the infotainment screen), Model S (suspension system), and other models.

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Tesla Is Building Ventilators Instead of Cars to Help Relief Efforts

Aside from these efforts, Tesla’s Elon Musk is also purchasing ventilators (FDA-approved) and shipping them to organizations in need. There was a backlash from some people that claimed these machines were BPAP and not as useful for intensive care divisions.

Other Car Manufacturers Have Also Stepped In

General Motors and Ford have also announced their plans to build ventilators and vital medical equipment. Both companies have partnered with medical providers to increase the production of ventilators and other equipment.