Tesla has shared a video of its first ventilator, how it works and what it's made up of, which mostly includes electric vehicle parts.
As many hospitals are running out of ventilators in a bid to assist COVID-19 patients to survive, companies and facilities around the world are looking to help. Some, like Tesla, are putting their engineers and mechanical parts to good use, by creating novel ventilators.
Tesla's ventilator explained
Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, was initially skeptical about the coronavirus. However, in recent weeks he's stepped up his game and has assisted as best he can. Last month, Musk supplied California with 1,000 ventilators that he brought over from China.
Then, the all-electric carmaker's CEO reshuffled sections of his factories in the U.S. to create ventilators, notably its Gigafactory in New York.
Now, Musk's team of engineers including VP of Vehicle Engineering, Lars Moravy, has created the first prototype of a ventilator system that mostly uses Tesla car parts. The team first shared their insightful and promising video on Twitter, which is now also available on YouTube.
Engineering update on the Tesla ventilator— Tesla (@Tesla) April 5, 2020
The team has highlighted the importance and their significant focus on using as much as possible their own car parts. This way they try not to add any more strain to ventilator-making companies, or healthcare systems by taking away their already-depleting amount of ventilator parts.
The Tesla ventilator machine will assist COVID-19 patients to breathe with more ease by pumping clean air and oxygen into their lungs. The system uses a hospital-grade supply system that filters into a mixing chamber, which then turns the air breathable.
The back-end of the system uses screens that will allow medical workers to easily monitor the breathing of the patient. Tesla has used Model 3 dash screens powered by the vehicle's infotainment computer to show pressure, airflow, and volume.
As one of Tesla's engineers in the video stated "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," so we still have to wait and see when these ventilators will go into production. That said, it's a positive step forward in the fight against COVID-19.