Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Big Three Automakers, Tesla Look to Make Ventilators for COVID-19 Patients

Big Three Automakers, Tesla Look to Make Ventilators for COVID-19 Patients

Seattle- based Ventec is one of a handful of ventilator makers in the United States, according to NBC News, as well as now has actually increase itsproduction Ventec Chief Executive Officer Chris Kiple claims the business is intending to generate 1,000 makers each month (up from its common 150 each month), in the following 90 days, as well as at some point, to generate 2,000 ventilators each month. A report from The New York Times says General Motors is accelerating a plan to build new ventilators for hospitals, working with medical equipment manufacturer Ventec to make that happen.

Working together, GM and Ventec want to rapidly scale up production of ventilators.

Ventec will depend on GM manufacturing, logistics, and purchasing to help build more fans faster. The company is developing plans for the remaining 28 parts, he said in the email. "We already have installed capacity, so we're just repurposing it and utilizing it for this end".

In Minneapolis, auto supplier Twin City Die Castings Co, which had signed a contract to supply Ventec about nine months ago, quickly amped up its plans, CEO Todd Olson said.

Such a conversion would normally have taken 12 weeks to complete, Olson said, but is being done in one week as employees work nearly nonstop. "Luckily, we had a nice jump on this", Olson said.

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"We will continue to explore ways to help in this time of crisis", Barra added.

In a joint statement, GM and Ventec Life Systems - cooperating with StopTheSpread.org which is the private sector response to COVID-19 - said they are collaborating to boost production of Ventec ventilators, reports Forbes.

Ford declined to comment on its efforts, but suppliers said the No. 2 USA automaker is part of a task force on face masks.

Meanwhile, Ford Motor Company acknowledged to Fox 2 Detroit that it has had "preliminary discussions" with both the American and British governments about supplying ventilators, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been in similar talks with Italian authorities. Musk told a hospital the company was sending masks and supplies to help out.

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