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Thursday, 26 March 2020 18:49

Tesla Responds to NY Officials' Call to Reopen Gigafactory 2 for Ventilator Production

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati


Tesla CEO Elon Musk said March 25 the company's Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, NY, will reopen for ventilator production as soon possible, after state officials called on the company to produce critical medical equipment.

Tesla recently suspended production at its Giga New York plant, as a means to protect employees from the ongoing spread of the coronavirus.


"Giga New York will reopen for ventilator production as soon as humanly possible. We will do anything in our power to help the citizens of New York," Musk tweeted March 25.


In a March 24 statement to Buffalo's ABC7 News, New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan said everyone must do their part in helping the country address the C-19 pandemic.


While Ryan lauded Musk and the Tesla team for their efforts, the assemblyman emphasized the electric car maker’s Buffalo facility could be used to address the state’s current challenges with the virus. 
“There is no doubt that COVID-19 has created an unprecedented challenge for New York, for our nation and for the entire world," Ryan said. At this difficult time, it is critical that each of us do our part to ensure our state can respond to the growing pandemic. I thank Elon Musk and the team at Tesla for announcing that they are working on a plan. Tesla’s factory in Buffalo would be an ideal location to ramp up ventilator production, and I urge them to make this commitment immediately."


Ryan also outlined his points in a March 24 letter to the Tesla and SpaceX CEO:
"Dear Mr. Musk, 


"I write today regarding the growing COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing efforts to fight the virus and save lives. I want to thank you and your company for announcing a plan to make ventilators to help meet the need for the essential part of the response to help save lives during the pandemic. As your plans move forward, I urge you to ramp up ventilator production at the Tesla factory located in Buffalo, New York.

"With COVID-19 impacting every segment of our society and economy, Tesla’s solar production factory in Buffalo has currently suspended operations. At this difficult time, it is critical that each of us do our part to ensure our state can respond to the growing pandemic. New York State is the most impacted state in the nation with over 20,000 cases of COVID-19, and the numbers are growing every day. It makes sense that increased ventilator production would happen here to ensure we can meet the growing demand of our healthcare system. 


"Sincerely, Sean M. Ryan, Member of Assembly."


It’s not just Ryan who called on Tesla and Musk to reopen Giga New York for the production of ventilators and other medical supplies pertinent in the fight against C-19.


In a recent tweet, NYGOP Chairman Nick Langworthy advised Musk that “emergency times call for emergency measures,” one of which is the repurposing of Tesla’s Solarglass Roof and Supercharger facility for ventilator and medical supply production. 


“Perhaps the @Tesla plant in Buffalo owned by New York State and gifted to @elonmusk should be repurposed to manufacture ventilators and critical medical equipment as soon as humanly possible. Emergency times call for drastic measures,” Langworthy wrote. 


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