GM draait om het bouwen van ventilatoren en meer autonieuws deze week


How are youdoing? As we move into the second month of the US’ coronaviruscrisis, it’s the question that’s peppered everyemail, text, and Slack message. Like most simple queries, the answer is often, “Well, it’s complicated.” Essential workers—like those who staff emergency rooms and grocery stores—feel fortunate to still have paychecks. But they must expose themselves to the possible infection, whileCovid-19-related public transit service cuts make itharder for them to get to work. Many gig workers, like those working for Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart, are glad to not be sick. But many say companies they work for are notdoing enough to protect themand society at large. The tinkerers at manufacturers like Ford and Virgin Orbit are excited to be part of the nationwide project tobuild more ventilators. But wouldn’t it be nice if their businessesweren’t also falling apart around them?

It’s been a week. Let’s get you caught up.

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Question of the Week

Curbed published athoughtful pieceabout the ethics of going outside in cities without much open space—and in cities where available open space has been closed to prevent the spread of the virus. We want to know: Are you getting outside these days? How are you doing it? Are you feeling weird or fearful about going outside? What could your city or town do to make it easier for you? Should they be making it easier for you? If you have thoughts, shoot them my wayright here.

Stat of the Week: –12.5%

Thedrop in Ford’s US salesduring the first three months of 2020 compared with last year, according to numbers the automaker released last week. Just a third of Ford’s 3,100 US dealerships are fully open during the nationwide Covid-19 crisis. All automakers aresuffering: First-quarter sales were also way down at Toyota (9 percent), Fiat Chrysler (10 percent), General Motors (7 percent), Hyundai (11 percent), and Nissan (30 percent).

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