Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says


Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday the company would deliver FDA-approved ventilators to hospitals within the company’s delivery area.

“We have extra FDA-approved ventilators. Will ship to hospitals worldwide within Tesla delivery regions. Device & shipping cost are free. Only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients, not stored in a warehouse,” Musk tweeted, requesting that inquiries be directed to himself and Tesla.

The Tesla chief executive said last week that the electric car manufacturer had bought more than 1,200 surplus ventilators from China and shipped them to the U.S. by air.

Numerous U.S. companies have volunteered their resources to fight the virus, including several companies that have volunteered to manufacture personal protective equipment and ventilators, the latter a critical supply for hospitals hit hard by the pandemic. President Trump has also pushed General Motors to manufacture ventilators.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said last week that Musk had given 1,000 ventilators from the state, an early epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S.

The Hill has reached out to Tesla for more details on ventilators it planned to ship.

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