Tesla Demonstrates Ventilator Prototype

KCBS Radio Morning News
April 06, 2020 - 8:06 am
Tesla demonstrates ventilator prototype

Tesla, Inc.

Tesla, Inc. has shared a first look at the ventilator the company is developing to address the shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In a new video posted on the company’s YouTube channel, Tesla’s engineers demonstrate two versions of the ventilator: a prototype model with its components laid out across a desk, as well as a packaged model that shows how it might look when used by a hospital. 

“We’ve been working on developing our own ventilator design, specifically one that’s based heavily on Tesla car parts,” says engineering director Joseph Mardall. The company has been criticized for creating with its own design rather than utilizing an existing one. “We want to use parts that we know really well, we know the reliability of, we can go really fast and they’re available in volume.”

Tesla’s design utilizes existing components from its cars such as the Model 3 infotainment screen and a part from the Model S suspension system. 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk pledged to build ventilators in March after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio asked for the company’s help. 

Musk has faced criticism for his response to the coronavirus. Musk has repeatedly said he does not believe the virus to be much more serious than the flu and suggested in a tweet that children are immune. He has also been criticized for keeping Tesla’s factory in Fremont open after Bay Area officials issued a shelter-in-place order. 

Ford and GM have also announced plans to manufacture ventilators and other medical equipment.