The news follows from a Twitter thread where Elon Musk interacted with people over the recent Coronavirus outbreak. Tesla’s head has been the most active over the social media platform, Twitter. Claiming that panic is the biggest problem in the wake of the pandemic, Elon Musk has got to say a thing or two about the virus and the disease as well.
The thread points to a discussion of Elon Musk with Nate Silver about the shortage of ventilators in hospitals around the world. The point was if Tesla could produce some and lend a helping hand to mitigate the crisis. It should be known to the reader the federal government has discussed earlier with companies like Ford and GM about the production of equipment at the crucial time of this outbreak.
This production could include the timely and mass manufacturing of ventilators. When Nate said that there was a shortage and asked Musk how many ventilators his company was producing, the SpaceX CEO was quick to respond. He replied promptly that the company would make ventilators if there is a shortage but needed to know which hospitals had these shortages that he spoke of right then.
It was a prompt and good spirit nevertheless. But an earlier response from his side about the pandemic was met with a lot of criticism from all corners. This level of flak that Elon Musk received was unexpected. Actually, despite the orders of having a shelter in place, the company had ordered its various employees in different roles, which included production, testing, service, deliveries, and supporting groups to come to work.
It certainly did not go down well with the citizens over the world wide web, also called the netizens, who began to bombard a series of bashing projected at the Tesla CEO. The shelter orders had been delivered from none other than Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. Still, the company wanted its employees to show up for some “essential” work, which mandated them to show presence at the factory site.
The county spokesperson had, after that, clear that the business is one of essential works in nature, was excluded from the purview of the shelter order of the day, and hence exempt from the shelter in place order. The different levels of government giving conflicting directions to the company on what to follow and what not also to help.
In a word to Techcrunch, Elon Musk’s company Tesla had provided a statement, “We still do not have the final word from the city, county, state and federal government on the status of our operations.” It was evident that there was no final consensus on the situation even from the higher authorities’ end. But that did not get the trolls to stop.
“Tesla went on to say as much as using the term “conflicting.” “We have had conflicting guidance from different levels of government,” were the exact words from the company. Later, it was reported that the plant would remain open as per the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. Tesla, on the other hand, said that it was keen to shrink its labor strength on the plant’s site from around 10,000 people to a reduced workforce of 2,500.
Now that the head has agreed to produce ventilators after Nate’s tweet, it remains to be seen what exactly the situation is. The numbers should be known, and therefore a list should be compiled having a count of hospitals that require the ventilators. Musk had added, “Ventilators are not difficult, but cannot be produced instantly.”