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SpaceX and Tesla are ‘working on’ ventilators, Elon Musk says

Elon Musk tweeted Friday that Tesla and SpaceX staff members shall be” “workin on” ventilators” even though he doesn’t believe they will be needed.

His confirmation on Twitter that both of the companies he guides are working on ventilators comes a day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasiomade a direct plea to Musk to help alleviate a shortage at hospitals gearing up to combat COVID-1 9.

Yes, we’re working on ventilators, even though I think they probably won’t be needed

— Elon Musk (@ elonmusk) March 20, 2020

It’s unclear how many employees are working on the ventilators and which Tesla plant — it could be Buffalo, N.Y ., Fremont, Calif ., Sparks, Nev. or even Shanghai — has dedicated opening to the project. The SpaceX facility is located in Hawthorne, Calif.

Musk didn’t describe what capacity would be or how long it might take to proportion up such an seek. One Twitter follower recommended building one sizable ventilator with numerou diverges and indications. Musk noted that a single computer, run and influence accumulator could do the job, but noticed … … that individual valves per patient would be ideal.

Whatever Musk decides, his assignment still faces specific deterrents. Certified medical personnel will need to be involved in such an operation and ventilator hardware used in clinical determines still must be approved by the FDA, which could delay production.

A single computer, gush& adversity accumulator would be fine for many patients, but ideally individual valves per case to personalize caution& avoid cross-flow risk

— Elon Musk (@ elonmusk) March 20, 2020

Still, the be required for ventilators is urgent, eliciting other automakers to investigate ways of ramping up make. GM, Volkswagen and Ford have all supposedly either talked to the White House or committed to looking at the problem. Volkswagen said Friday it has created a task force to look into using 3D printing to perform hospital ventilators.

De Blasio tweeted out his plea to Musk Thursday morning. “Our country is facing a drastic dearth and we need ventilators ASAP — it is necessary to thousands in this city over the next few weeks. We’re getting them a little faster as we can but we could use your help! ”

The mayor’s office has reached out to the person who runs Musk’s family office, his communications lead and his publicist, press secretary Freddi Goldstein told TechCrunch in an email. “Given his response on Twitter, we’re hopeful he will be able to help, ” Goldstein added

The COVID-1 9 pandemic had elicited a seemingly conflicting concoction of responses from Musk. He has downplayed COVID-1 9 in emails to employees and on social media. In one company-wide email sent to SpaceX works, Musk wrote that they have a higher risk of being killed in a gondola disintegrate than dying from the coronavirus, BuzzFeed reported last week.

Since then, Musk wrestled with officials in Alameda County to keep Tesla’s Fremont, Calif ., factory open, in spite of a government directive to close all non-essential firms. Tesla announced plans Thursday to suspend production there beginning March 23.

Some basic business that would support Tesla’scharging infrastructure and what it describes as its “vehicle and energy services operations” will continue at the factory, which under normal circumstances exerts more than 10,000 people. Tesla is also suspending activities at its plant in Buffalo, N.Y ., except for “those parts and furnishes necessary for service, infrastructure and critical supply chains, ” the company said in a statement.

Musk has climbed into crises before with mingled ensues. In 2018, Musk and the Musk Foundation gave $480,350 to add ultraviolet water filtration systems and water terminals to all 12 area schools in Flint, Mich. The try was delayed but eventually the systems were installed, beginning in fall 2019.

In 2018, he framed SpaceX engineers to work on a pod that could be used to save children captured in a filled cave in Thailand. Rescuers didn’t use the device and an justification with a cave diving expert that play around on social media and national television led to a defamation dispute, after Musk repeatedly called him” pedo person .” Musk was found not liable for defamation in a federal law in 2019.

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