Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, said Tuesday that the company has additional FDA-approved ventilators that can be delivered free of charge to hospitals around the world where the electric car maker ships. “Equipment and transportation costs will be free. The only requirement is for patients to use the ventilatorimmediates immediately, rather than storing them in the warehouse. Please let me or @Tesla know,” Musk said on social media.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how many ventilators it would provide, or how the company would prioritize the device request.
During the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak, governments around the world called on automakers and aerospace companies to help procure or manufacture ventilators and other medical equipment, which has infected more than 777,000 people worldwide and killed more than 37,500.
In the U.S., affected states are urging the Trump administration and manufacturers to speed up the production of ventilators in response to a surge in patients.
Ford Motor Co. said earlier this week that it would work with GE’s healthcare division to produce 50,000 ventilators at its Michigan plant over the next 100 days, and 30,000 a month thereafter.