The Tesla Motors owner made his Tesla plants available to make respirators for the United States.
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Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla , went from thinking that “the coronavirus panic was silly” to making his car factories available to create respirators in the United States.
On March 6, the businessman stated through his Twitter account that the panic over COVID-19 ” was silly “, a tweet that received both negative and positive responses.
However, the story took a turn and the tycoon responded to a tweet saying that his factories would be reused to produce fans if there were a shortage caused by the coronavirus outbreak, on the 18th of this month.
In this way, FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver challenged Musk in his claim in another tweet, saying, “Now there's a shortage, how many fans are you doing @elonmusk?”
To which the businessman replied that the technological components produced in his Tesla and SpaceX factories were “sophisticated” and that the fans “were not difficult” compared to these.
“Tesla makes cars with sophisticated climate control systems,” Musk said in a follow-up tweet. “SpaceX manufactures spacecraft with life support systems. Fans are not difficult, but they cannot be produced instantly. What hospitals do you have the shortage of which you speak now?”
In this context, Donald Trump, President of the United States, gave “green light” to Tesla and other automakers such as General Motors and Ford to make fans.
According to another Musk tweet, Tesla expects to have 1,200 units ready by this week.