Detroit automakers are starting to take an active role in combating COVID-19, better known as Coronavirus.
A report from The New York Times says General Motors is accelerating a plan to build new ventilators for hospitals, working with medical equipment manufacturer Ventec to make that happen. The effort is apparently being dubbed Project V by folks working on the initiative, and when it’s up and running, the plan is to build 200,000 ventilators.
The collaboration could use GM’s electronics manufacturing facility in Kokomo, IN, for the project.
According to the report, GM already has 95% of the components needed to manufacture the ventilators. It’s unclear how long it will be before manufacturing can begin, however.
The report lists a date of April 6 for the first parts to be delivered by suppliers, and additional components are still required before production can commence.
In a statement to Motor1.com, a GM spokesperson confirmed the collaboration to produce ventilators.
"Ventec Life Systems and General Motors have been working around the clock to implement plans to build more critical care ventilators. With GM’s support, Ventec is now planning exponentially higher ventilator production as fast as possible.