In a video posted on Tesla’s YouTube channel, Tesla’s engineers have showcased a prototype for a ventilator. Tesla is gearing to produce thousands of ventilators to help hospitals around the country who have been overwhelmed by the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
According to one of the engineers, the design relives heavily on Tesla car parts. This should enable the company to redeploy existing stock and produce the devices as quickly as possible.
The development comes in just two weeks of Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO saying Tesla plans to reopen its New York factory to produce ventilators.
Tesla’s engineers did not provide a timeline for the production of these ventilators in the video.
“There’s still a lot of work to do,” said an engineer, “but we’re giving it our best effort.”
Governments across the globe have appealed to automakers and aerospace companies to help produce or procure ventilators and other medical equipment midst a growing number of COVID-19 infections, following the Wuhan Coronavirus going pandemic.
Worldwide, more than 1 million people have been infected and more than 65,000 have been killed.
The number of COVID-19 infections in the United States is above 300,000.
On March 31, Musk had said Tesla plans on supplying FDA-approved ventilators free of cost to hospitals within regions where the electric carmaker delivers.