Tesla shows off ventilator prototype made from vehicle parts [Watch Video]

Marco Green
April 7, 2020

Tesla has posted a new video giving us our first look at their upcoming ventilator.

Tesla has released a video that shows prototypes for a ventilator it's working on that was designed with auto parts.

Tesla says there is still a lot of work to do, but the company has already delivered 1,000 traditional ventilators from Medtronics, with that work going on in parallel.

On March 30, Ford said it would produce 50,000 ventilators in the following 100 days at a plant in MI in cooperation with General Electric's healthcare unit, and could then build 30,000 per month as needed.

"We wanna use parts that we know really well, we know the reliability of, and they're available in volume", an engineer explained in the video.

The mixing chamber, where the hospital-grade air supply goes and the place where oxygen and air mix together, has come from a auto. The mixing chamber is what Tesla uses in its electric cars. The air then passes through a wall body, a bunch of sensors, and a filter to reach the lungs of the patient.

The touchscreen of the Model 3 functions as the ventilator display. It is connected to an infotainment computer that uses vehicle controllers to communicate with precision variable valves on a single piece manifold.

At the press briefing, Cuomo's secretary De Rossa said that Tesla was talking about making a part of the ventilator, not the whole device.

Other automakers have joined a wartime-like effort to produce medical supplies, including plastic face shields, N95 respirators, powered air purifying respirators, or PAPRs, and ventilators, the most desperately needed device and the most complicated to produce.

It's not clear when Tesla will be able to able to kick start the mass production of ventilators as they are yet to tested and approved by FDA.

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