Tesla offers ventilators free of charge to hospitals in need

The Twitter account of Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, is known to be a goldmine for some ridiculous content, such as the “bankruptcy” joke exactly two years ago on April Fools day.

However in these trying times due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Musk seems to have cooled-down a little on jokes, instead sharing some heart-warming news on his Twitter feed.

In a tweet published last night, Elon Musk announced that the company has extra FDA-approved ventilators, and will be offering these free of charge to hospitals within Tesla regions worldwide – both device and shipping fees will be covered by Tesla.

The tweet continues, “Only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients, not stored in a warehouse. Please [let] me or @Tesla know.”

Tesla did not specifically reveal the source of the ventilators or the quantity available, although a previous tweet from Elon Musk seems to suggest that the ventilators are bought from China due to over-supply in the region.

Tesla is not the first carmaker to offer ventilators in the fight against the COVID-19 virus. Following pleas from governments worldwide, many carmakers have begun manufacturing ventilators on their production lines, including Ford and Volkswagen.

Header image source: NYC Health + Hospitals/Twitter


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