As governments struggle to fight the new coronavirus outbreak, carmakers are also trying to do their part,media reported. Autocar first reported on Monday that the British government had contacted a number of carmakers with manufacturing capacity in the UK to ask them to help produce the ventilators used in the treatment of new coronary pneumonia.
Ford, Honda and Toyota have all confirmed that the government has been in contact with them about ventilator production.
A representative for Ford confirmed that the government had contacted the carmaker and said: “Ford has received the respirator specifications from the government and is considering the feasibility of production.” “
Honda also confirmed the news. A representative for Honda UK revealed: “The government has contacted us about the feasibility of Honda’s support for the production of additional ventilators. We have identified a number of potential areas for possible support and informed the Government of this. “
Toyota did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the company told Autocar in a statement that it would be happy to investigate how to help during the new Crown pandemic.
Ford, which operates three production plants in the UK, has not said which one it might produce.
In a statement on Monday, the British government said it was a national priority to prepare for the spread of the new virus outbreak, “and we call on the manufacturing industry and all those with the expertise to come together to help the country deal with this national crisis.” “