A few days after providing 1,255 free ventilators in response to the new virus outbreak, Tesla boss Elon Musk said the company’s New York plant will resume production to build more ventilators,media reported. At the same time, it is helping medical device companies send their life-saving equipment to u.S. hospitals.
“New York’s SuperPlant will reopen as soon as possible. We will do everything we can to help new Yorkers,” Musk wrote in a March 25 tweet.
The New York Superplant, Tesla’s in Buffalo, produces photovoltaic cells for SolarCity, Tesla’s solar panel subsidiary.
On Sunday, April 5, however, Melissa DeRosa, an aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said Tesla had only produced part of the ventilator, not the entire machine, and more importantly, it had not yet delivered the parts. “They tried to speed up, get up and run as fast as possible, but it didn’t happen yet. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Ventilators play a crucial role in treating new coronary pneumonia, but Cumo said last week that the state, the new coronavirus center in the United States, had received only 400 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, when in fact they needed 30,000.