Tesla Shows Off Ventilator Prototype Made From Car Components

Tesla Inc. engineers showed footage of a prototype ventilator the company is trying to make with auto parts amid a shortage of the machines for #coronavirus patients. #TSLA

According to the video on Tesla’s YouTube channel, the design includes a touch screen, computer and control system from a Model 3 electric car. Tesla is taking advantage of components that are familiar, reliable and available, an engineer says in the video.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, among those urgently trying to source more ventilators, said Sunday that supply-chain disruption is the biggest hurdle for every manufacturer, including Tesla.

“Their time frame frankly doesn’t work for our immediate apex,“ he said at a press conference. “Nobody can make you a ventilator right now in two weeks. You can’t make ventilators that fast because there are parts that have to come from other countries.”

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  1. Nathan Hartkopf on June 8, 2020 at 10:02 am


  2. Luminous Compadre on June 8, 2020 at 10:07 am

    The news is hyper-focused on automakers reinventing outdated technology (ventilators). What about extracorporeal membrane oxygenation? China saved so many lives building and using EMOs during the outbreak.

  3. VENØM WE 'R' on June 8, 2020 at 10:16 am


  4. Matthew Turner on June 8, 2020 at 10:20 am

    I need to talk to Elon please appreciate your time

  5. Dad's Account on June 8, 2020 at 10:23 am

    This just might change the world as we see it !

  6. Marc-André Jacques on June 8, 2020 at 10:25 am

    YOu should link to the original Tesla video. That would be only fair. Please consider. They are doing the right thing you can too.

  7. seccat on June 8, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Very GREEN 👍🌱. It’s free money for the hospitals.
    WHEN the pandemic is over, you can sell 80% of the device on the Used Car Parts market.

  8. KingLutherQ on June 8, 2020 at 10:27 am

    These ventilators will be a collector’s item once this is over

  9. woodstock envy on June 8, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Excellent .. and reminiscing the old basic J.H. Emerson from the 1950’s .. it used a small electric motor, one speed reduction gear driving the bellows made of two layers of Elk hide.
    Cheers ….

  10. Arturo Ramirez on June 8, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Again, Tesla saving the f world.

  11. James Rogers on June 8, 2020 at 10:31 am

    It took 5 days to make this? Well good job

  12. Mikel Ravenscroft on June 8, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Thanks for your efforts Elon and Team! You guys are awesome!

  13. KingLutherQ on June 8, 2020 at 10:33 am

    How many people can say: "My old car was the type that was sent to space. My new car was the type that was made into a ventilator during the Covid19 crisis. "

  14. Boss Okanagan on June 8, 2020 at 10:33 am

    The timeline on this would have been hilarious had it not been so tragic and frankly predictable. 
    March 6th, Musk tweets that COVID-19 precautions were "dumb" and downplayed the virus completely. 
    He kept his Tesla plant open against government orders, declaring it to be an ‘essential’ service. The next day, the plant was ordered to be shut down on March 17th. 
    Day after that, March 18th, Musk brags that ventilators are easy to build and doesn’t understand why people are panicking about them. He boasted that between the HVAC systems in his cars and the life support systems on the Crew Dragon (which hasn’t successfully flown people to orbit yet) building these medical devices should be child’s play. Everybody on Twitter slapped him upside the head and told him the crisis is real. 
    Same day, Governor Cuomo in New York calls Elon’s bluff and tells him he’ll buy as many as Tesla can make. 
    Musk uses this as an excuse to open Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, which doesn’t produce HVAC for Tesla, nor life support for SpaceX. It produces battery packs for his cars through their partnership with Panasonic
    To save face from his ridiculous tweets, Elon bought a couple hundred ‘ventilators’ from China and shipped them to California and New York and everyone was supposed to ooh and aah (which the media did) – but these machines were old, stockpiled, discontinued B-PAP machines, not invasive ventilators. Pretty much useless for this purpose. 
    And this video demonstrates exactly that Tesla is not even at prototype stage, so this is where we are now. These machines, if they are ever produced, will definitely not arrive in time.
    No opinions here, just facts.

  15. The Status of Your Slavery on June 8, 2020 at 10:34 am

    😂😂😂 These parts are the size of a factory compared to portable ventilators

  16. DyKing on June 8, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Considering the size of this particular ventilation prototype, I wonder if this ventilator would be able to supply more than one patient safely without cross contamination at the same time? Now that would be an ingenuity necessary for a pandemic situation.

  17. Grand Prix on June 8, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Too late. Covid19 is flattening as the governer says!

  18. G Sterling on June 8, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Seriously?  They weren’t really ventilators, and unlike GM and Ford, he isn’t helping to produce them, he bought them cheap off of ebay (not the real ones, they were too expensive) and then sent them around for a publicity stunt,  which seems to have actually worked on some people.  I wish people would stop drinking the kool-aid and see him for the conman that he is.

  19. Latin Santos on June 8, 2020 at 10:43 am


  20. Paul Horn on June 8, 2020 at 10:45 am

    What we are seeing here is only the beginning of something much greater. After all, this tech almost seems like a must have if one wanted to colonize, say, a distant planet….

  21. kerrmann on June 8, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Tesla doing what they do best. Blowing their own horn. Toot toot.

  22. Modest Man subscribe? on June 8, 2020 at 10:54 am

    With creativity we persevere.

  23. John Patriot eagle freedom boner on June 8, 2020 at 10:54 am

    This is likely to kill patients, and they must be kept in a coma. Add a trigger.

  24. G M on June 8, 2020 at 10:55 am

    I bet it works just as well as the “ bullet proof glass”

  25. Akash Hegde on June 8, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Link their video instead of stealing it for views. This barely classifies as fair use

  26. Russell on June 8, 2020 at 10:58 am

    AMAZING WORK, kudos to Tesla and Elon Musk for doing this, it’s a true example of what MADE IN AMERICA can accomplish in a time of crisis, the likes of which we have never seen in our lifetimes ;?)

  27. Kitrina M. on June 8, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Oh wow, so every car manufacturer has the components to make ventilators… maybe they just needed a blueprint.

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