GM, Ford, and Tesla Offer To Produce Ventilators For CoVid-19 Pandemic

By Staff Writer March 20, 2020 145
GM CEO Mary Barra released a statement on Thursday that GM could produce ventilators for CoVid-10 patients. GM CEO Mary Barra released a statement on Thursday that GM could produce ventilators for CoVid-10 patients.

GM, Ford, and Tesla said this week that they are “exploring” ways of ramping up production of ventilators amid fears the devices might become scarce in the U.S. in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Late Wednesday, Tesla's CEO Elon Musk tweeted the Silicon Valley automaker “will make ventilators if there is a shortage.”

The life-saving ventilators are easy to produce but it will take time to retool factories into production. Nor is it clear how long it would take for the car companies to retool themselves for producing medical supplies, but Ford and GM have been in discussions with the White House about the possibility. The UK has also asked automakers and other manufacturers to help meet the need for essential medical equipment.

The federal government has the authority to compel manufacturers to produce such equipment under the Defense Production Act reinstated by President Trump on Wednesday. "We'll be invoking the Defense Production Act, just in case we need it," Trump told reporters at a White House news conference. "It can do good things if we need it."

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