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Tesla Plans to Retool Solar Panel Factory to Make Medtronic Ventilators

Accepted submission by martyb at 2020-03-26 22:21:41 from the breath of fresh air dept.
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Tesla plans to retool solar panel factory to make Medtronic ventilators [arstechnica.com]:

Tesla is planning to retool its solar panel factory in Buffalo, New York, to manufacture medical ventilators, CEO Elon Musk said in a Wednesday tweet [twitter.com].

"Giga New York will reopen for ventilator production as soon as humanly possible," Musk tweeted. "We will do anything in our power to help the citizens of New York."

Tesla is making the ventilators in partnership with Medtronic. Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak confirmed the relationship in a Wednesday interview [cnbc.com] with CNBC.

[...] Ishrak added that "one of the products that we make, that is not our prime product right now, is one that is perfectly suitable at least in some of these instances, they will make."

He said that Tesla would build its manufacturing capabilities "in parallel while we're focusing on the product that is our largest-volume product, which is the PB 980 [medtronic.com]. We will do everything we can to help them."


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