Tesla Releases A Video That Shows Ventilators Being Built From Car Parts
The ventilators use a lot of Tesla parts, including the touchscreen system from the Model 3by Sidd Dhimaan, on
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?
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.
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.
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