Mar 24, 2020
Tesla Asked by N.Y. Assemblyman to Make Ventilators in Buffalo
(Bloomberg) -- A New York assemblyman has asked Elon Musk to make ventilators at Tesla Inc.’s state-subsidized solar factory in Buffalo.
In a letter to the Tesla chief executive officer on Tuesday, Assemblyman Sean Ryan urged Musk to help the state cope with the worsening outbreak, noting New York is the most-impacted in the nation with more than 20,000 cases of Covid-19.
“It makes sense that increased ventilator production would happen here to ensure we can meet the growing demand of our health-care system,” Ryan wrote. Tesla didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Ryan’s letter comes days after Tesla announced it would temporarily idle solar production at the Buffalo plant amid the virus outbreak and after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sought Musk’s help accessing ventilators. Musk tweeted Thursday that his team would reach out to the mayor’s.
Late Monday, Musk tweeted that Tesla bought 1,255 ventilators from China and shipped them to Los Angeles to help alleviate the shortage that’s expected to hit hospitals as the pandemic becomes more severe. The company will install the devices for free, he wrote.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday the rate of new coronavirus infections is doubling about every three days despite all the steps the state has taken to slow the spread. The state has procured 7,000 ventilators and needs another 30,000, he said.
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