While there is nothing positive about the coronavirus, if you look closely enough you might just find a few silver linings. In the motoring space, various automakers have pledged their dedication to fighting the virus. Even motorsport teams, including Formula 1 teams, made it their responsibility to aid the global health care system, in some way or form.
Automobili Lamborghini has also announced it is converting departments of its super sports car production plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, to produce surgical masks and protective plexiglass shields. The automaker says the masks will be donated to the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna to be used in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Target of 50 000 ventilators
Ford is one of the more recent automakers who made their intentions known of how they plan to combat Covid-19. The Blue Oval plans to produce 50 000 ventilators in Michigan in the next 100 days. They will be partnering with General Electric Healthcare to assist coronavirus patients who are struggling with respiratory troubles.
Following the 100 days, Ford plans to produce 30 000 ventilators every month, depending on the need.
Ford said: “The simplified ventilator design – licensed by GE Healthcare from Florida-based Airon Corporation. – is responsive to the needs of most Covid-19 patients, and operates on air pressure without the need for electricity.”
Ford expects to produce 1500 ventilators by the end of April, 12 000 by the end of May, and 50 000 by July 4.