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Coronavirus: U.S. Auto Manufacturers Ramping Up Efforts to Produce Ventilators, Masks

With the global coronavirus crisis raging, car manufacturers have slowed down or even stopped production of vehicles. Which means many are now in a position to assist the authorities in order to provide the equipment that’s needed to protect health care workers and patients.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that U.S. automakers GM, Ford and Tesla have been given the green light to produce ventilators and other equipment needed in connection with the coronavirus outbreak. In fact, several companies have been working together to this end for some time.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), General Motors (GM) and Ford made announcements yesterday or today, but many others, Tesla for instance, are working on their own strategies to make use of their production capabilities.

FCA
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced that it will produce masks for first responders and health care workers. The company plans to supply more than one million units per month. Production capacity is being prepared this week and manufacturing will begin in the coming weeks. The first wave of distribution will be reserved for the United States, Canada and Mexico.
 
The masks will be donated by FCA to police, paramedics and firefighters, as well as hospital and health-care clinic workers. This action is the first of a complex global program that the company is implementing by applying its manufacturing, supply chain and engineering capabilities and expertise to support the global fight against the pandemic.

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