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.

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