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All Hands On Deck: German Government asks Carmakers To Consider Producing Medical Equipment 

German Government turns to Volkswagen, Daimler and others to help produce medical supplies.

  • Masks and ventilators are in high demand as the fight against coronavirus continues.
  • Auto manufacturers are free to decide on how to act following the request.

This pandemic is not only forcing people to stay home but putting pressure on manufacturers to lend a helping hand in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus. As of now, the  German Government is hoping domestic car manufacturers will agree to make their engineering and production resources and help meet the incessantly growing demand for more medical equipment such as masks and ventilators.

Although this request is nothing more than that according to Bloomberg, automakers such as Volkswagen are already in talks with the government and awaiting details in order to put their more than 125 industrial 3D printers to work. Daimler is currently exploring options however, in the meantime, both they and VW have offered to donate more than 300,000 protective masks from their reserves.

Elsewhere, in Italy, Ferrari and Fiat are gearing up, literally, to boost production of ventilators. In the US, Ford, GM and Tesla are also looking into how they can put their production capacities to work for the greater cause.

2020 Mercedes-AMG C 43 | Photo: Mercedes-AMG

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