Tesla's New York Gigafactory begins ventilator production 'as soon as humanly possible'

Darnell Taylor
March 27, 2020

Cuomo had previously blasted President Trump Tuesday for only sending 400 ventilators to NY when he has said repeatedly that the state - which is by far the worst-hit by the virus in the U.S. - needs 30,000.

"We will do anything in our power to help the citizens of NY", he wrote.

Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak told CNBC yesterday its own capacity was steadily rising and said a lower-end ventilator-a more generic version used for initial treatments-would now be made open source so others could replicate the design.

Musk did not say when the factory would re-open or if NY ventilator production would be part of its work with Medtronic, an Ireland-based healthcare company that serves the USA market.

Earlier this week, it was reported the state had about 3,000 to 4,000 ventilators on hand. In the interview, Ishrak singled out Tesla as one of the partners Medtronic has enlisted to speed up production of ventilators as COVID-19 spreads through the US.

'The number of ventilators we need is so astronomical - and it's not like they're sitting in warehouses... there is not a stockpile large enough to meet the national need, ' said Cuomo.

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"This is a critical moment for our state and our country".

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric vehicle maker's Gigafactory facility in NY will soon be reopening to begin producing ventilators. 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. Earlier this week, he announced that Tesla had bought surplus ventilators in China and shipped them to the United States for distribution, a 1,000 of which went to California.

Musk's tweets also come just over a week after he resisted calls to shut down Tesla's Fremont, California factory, despite a local county order demanding the closure of all non-essential businesses.

Ford and General Motors are also working with medical companies to make ventilators and respirators.

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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