Everybody and every company are trying to do their bit to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and Tesla is not lagging.
Tesla is retooling facilities to build ventilators for the current crisis. It is one of the American automakers that pledged support to either make more ventilators or donate supplies.
Tesla, Ford and General Motors engineers are building ventilators with vehicle parts. The biggest advantage of using car parts is that they are available.
In the video below, Tesla engineers say that they are trying to use as many car parts as possible.
Their ventilator uses the Model 3 infotainment system to power a Model 3 vehicle that also controls an airflow. A suspension air tank acts as an oxygen mixing chamber. Additionally, they are using Model 3 touchscreen as a controller.
Ford along with GE is working to expand the production of ventilators using their own resources to build respirators, vents and face shields. GM will build ventilators at a car factory based in Indiana and also announced that it will soon be making 50,000 face masks per day.
Elon Musk, Tesla chief stated that their New York factory will reopen soon to produce ventilators and even the vents.