With the COVID-19 outbreak rapidly spreading across the US, Tesla last night released a video showing its efforts to help with the fight by designing and manufacturing new ventilators.
As the number of confirmed cases in the US rapidly increases by the day, so does the need for ventilators in some of the hardest hit areas like New York City. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has already been able to secure and distribute over 1,000 ventilators to hospitals around the country.
After announcing last week plans to reopen Giga New York to make ventilators, Tesla posted an update showing how it is using car parts in an attempt to manufacture ventilators.
As detailed in the video, some of the car parts being used are from the Model 3 HVAC system and the Model 3/Y center display. All of the red/orange parts of this design diagram are Tesla car parts.
The Tesla designed ventilator also has a battery backup, allowing patients to use the ventilator for 20-30 minutes if they need to be transported to a different location.
The video is a really interesting look behind the scenes to show creativity and some smart engineering can turn ordinary car parts into a ventilator. Hopefully Tesla is able to finalize the design and get it out soon.
Check out the full video below.