Published: Fri, March 27, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

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

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

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 USA - needs 30,000.

Musk, who announced the move on Twitter, said that his staff would "do anything in our power to help the citizens of New York" during the outbreak of novel coronavirus that has resulted in a "pause" of all non-essential services. The governor said the state had about 4,000 ventilators when the crisis began and has since bought 7,000, but as many as 30,000 will be needed when it reaches its peak; President Donald Trump said the federal government would send 4,000 ventilators Wednesday.

"I want to thank Elon Musk and everyone at Tesla for responding so quickly to my call to begin making ventilators at the Tesla factory in Buffalo". Higher-grade ventilators are needed for severe cases.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric vehicle maker's Gigafactory facility in NY will soon be reopening to begin producing ventilators.

The state is "still shopping for more ventilators now across the country" but "we need more", he said.

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She continued: "I have been conflicted about putting music out whether it is the right thing to do because people are suffering". I'm not even sure I'm doing right now, but it seems to me that in this hard time we most need music.

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". 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.

He also outlined points in a letter to the SpaceX and Tesla CEO.

Tesla employs nearly 50,000 people, around 10,000 of whom work at the company's factory in Fremont, California, which Tesla idled this week after arguing last week that it was an essential business, clashing with local officials, before agreeing to close.

Multiple carmakers, including General Motors, Ford and Fiat, have all recently announced plans to turn their attention to the production of medical gear, but timescales for deliveries remain murky.

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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