Tesla unveiled a prototype of its ventilator system that is being manufactured at its Gigafactory in New York. In a video of about 4 minutes posted on its Youtube channel, Tesla showed off the design of the ventilator that is based on the Tesla Model 3 car parts as explained by Tesla engineering director Joseph Mardall.
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Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, had already said the company will work on the ventilators after being asked to help by New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo. Tesla joins a list of manufacturers that have come forward to fill the plug left by a shortage of ventilators due to the overwhelming number of COVID19 patients. These companies include General Motors, Dyson, MIT, and Airbus.
Ventilators are very important in the fight against COVID19 especially in keeping patients with critical infections alive. Due to COVID19, the lungs are filled with fluid and inflammatory cells preventing the adequate supply of Oxygen.
The new ventilator systems built will still have to pass regulatory approval before they are used in medical facilities. It is not yet clear how far the Tesla ventilators might be from production. Tesla Vice President of Engineering, Lars Moravy, hinted that it is still early. “There’s still a lot of work to do, but we’re giving it our best effort to make sure we can help some people out there.”