Following a little holdback after announcing plans to produce ventilators for healthcare workers, General Motors has confirmed production for the medical equipment can now begin.
According to a report by Automotive News, GM will start manufacturing 30,000 ventilators after its contract with the federal government has been finalized.
The contract will see the company supplying the government with thousands of ventilators, which will be used to treat patients suffering from COVID-19.
GM will be working with Ventec Systems as its main partner in the production to ensure the ventilators will meet medical standards. The company is also looking to ship the first batch of 6,000 breathing machines by June 1.
The equipment referred to as the V Plus Pro ventilator reportedly costs around $16,000 each, which is about as much as Chevrolet’s smallest car, the Spark. The machines will be built at GM’s facility in Kokomo, Indiana.
Upon the onset of the project, GM already has hundreds of employees working on the machines and is planning to hire more temporary workers to quicken the pace of production.
Aside from ventilators, GM is also working on at least 10 weeks’ worth of replaceable parts for each machine that will be built. The company is also producing masks for healthcare workers in its Michigan transmission plant.