The ventilators use a lot of Tesla parts, including the touchscreen system from the Model 3

Tesla was one of the first automakers to come to the aid in fighting off this pandemic. After the U.S. administration appealed for donations to make respirator masks to fight out the shortage, Elon musk offered to do his bit and make ventilators for COVID-19 infected patients.

The announcement came through a reply on Twitter when a user asked Musk to focus on making ventilators at his facility. Fast forward to the present, Tesla has released a video that shows how it is building the ventilators at its factory. It’s a good thing that ventilators can be built using car parts, isn’t it?

What Tesla Car Parts Are Used In The Ventilator?

Tesla Releases A Video That Shows Ventilators Being Built From Car Parts
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The video shows a bunch of engineers explaining several features of the ventilator. There’s a diagram in the early sequences of the video wherein the orange parts are actually the ones used in Tesla vehicles. You can see a mixing chamber here that’s actually a suspension air tank from the cars. The ventilators also use flow rate and pressure sensors.

The video also shows a package version that uses a touchscreen system from the Model 3 that’s controlled by vehicle computer. Here it manages the airflow manifold. There is also a backup system at the bottom with an oxygen tank with a backup battery and air compressor. It can work for 20-40 minutes and you can move the patient from one place to the other if you have to. Finally, they also explain the UI of the ventilator and how it throws comparative information for the doctors to see if something is going wrong.

Final Thoughts

Tesla Releases A Video That Shows Ventilators Being Built From Car Parts
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This is still a prototype and Tesla didn’t say when it would be ready. An engineer even mentioned in the video that, “there’s still a lot of work to do, but we are giving our best effort to make sure we can help some people out there.”

Earlier this month, Musk managed to procure over 1,000 ventilators from China and delivered them to the hospitals in California. GM said that it will be building ventilators and masks at its Indiana factory and can make up to 50,000 masks a day. Ford also announced that it is working with General Electric to build ventilators, respirators, and face shields. It’s good to see automakers step up and work towards fighting this pandemic.

Country,Other TotalCases NewCases TotalDeaths NewDeaths TotalRecovered ActiveCases Serious,Critical Tot Cases/1M pop Deaths/1M pop TotalTests Tests/1M pop
World 1,277,196 +4,334 69,567 +142 266,458 941,171 45,902 164 8.9
USA 336,851 +178 9,620 +4 17,977 309,254 8,702 1,018 29 1,772,369 5,355
Spain 131,646 12,641 38,080 80,925 6,861 2,816 270 355,000 7,593
Italy 128,948 15,887 21,815 91,246 3,977 2,133 263 691,461 11,436
Germany 100,123 1,584 28,700 69,839 3,936 1,195 19 918,460 10,962
France 92,839 8,078 16,183 68,578 6,838 1,422 124 224,254 3,436
China 81,708 +39 3,331 +2 77,078 1,299 265 57 2
Iran 58,226 3,603 22,011 32,612 4,103 693 43 186,000 2,214
UK 47,806 4,934 135 42,737 1,559 704 73 195,524 2,880
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