Elon Musk Says Tesla’s New York Gigafactory Will Reopen to Produce Ventilators

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We will do anything in our power to help the citizens of NY, ' the billionaire said in a Tweet on Wednesday.

Businesses in the United Kingdom such as Dyson and Rolls-Royce have stepped up to convert their production sites into manufacturing lines for ventilators following calls from the government for support from industry as the NHS faces a shortage.

"I want to thank Elon Musk and everyone at Tesla for responding so quickly to my call to begin making ventilators at the Tesla factory in Buffalo".

Estee Lauder has donated 10,000 bottles of hand sanitizer and vows to keep giving 10,000 a week to help alleviate the supply shortage in hospitals.

Medtronic Chief Executive Officer Omar Ishrak told CNBC earlier in the day that the medical device maker has started working with Tesla, which is fast on track to start production of ventilators at Fremont. Higher-grade ventilators are needed for severe cases.

"This is a critical moment for our state and our country. Ventilators, ventilators, ventilators - I didn't know what they were as few weeks ago aside from the cursory knowledge, ' he said, but now he nearly 'knows too much".

At Gigafactory New York, Tesla produces its solar roof tiles as well as other products and accessories, like components for its Supercharger V3.

'We're also converting anaesthesia machines into ventilators, ' he said. Musk added that the devices will be installed for free in hospitals.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said that Tesla has already delivered about 1,000 promised ventilators to Los Angeles.

Tesla's move to shutter Gigafactory 2 - as well as its electric vehicle facility in Fremont, California - followed widespread criticism towards Fremont's continued operation in the face of "shelter in place" orders issued by local county authorities.

He also outlined points in a letter to the SpaceX and Tesla CEO.

Tesla is one of several automakers, including GM, Ford and FCA that has pledged support to either donate supplies or offer resources to make more ventilators.

Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk last week capitulated to pressure from police and county health officials to suspend production at Tesla's lone US assembly plant in California.

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