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Stanley Black & Decker supplying portable batteries for Ford-produced respirators

Stanley Black & Decker batteries will be used to power Ford-made respirators.

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Stanley Black & Decker has collaborated with Ford and 3M to supply a Dewalt portable battery for the new Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPR) the companies have created for healthcare workers. The PAPR systems can be worn by front-line healthcare workers in the battle against coronavirus.

The new portable respirator includes a hood and face shield, as well as a high-efficiency (HEPA) filter system that provides clean air supply for up to 8 hours. The Ford design uses off-the-shelf Dewalt 3.0Ah and 5.0Ah batteries, as well as a custom wiring harness engineered specifically for this PAPR design to allow for the easy exchange of battery packs for recharging and continued use.

Ford 3M respirator A new respirator design was formulated by experts from Ford in consultation with 3M. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

"Ford and 3M expedited the development of a new PAPR design that helps address the shortage of critical respirator equipment. Through that, an opportunity arose to leverage our scale and expertise to build an innovative solution to power the design," said Frank Mannarino, President, Power Tools Group at Stanley Black & Decker. "We're committed to doing our part as a corporate citizen to contain the spread of the virus. The tireless efforts of our engineering and production teams will help our partners ensure they can manufacture these PAPRs and get them into the hands of healthcare workers as soon as possible. We're proud to collaborate on such an important and impactful project."

It took just two weeks for Stanley Black & Decker engineers to create the battery and wiring harness. Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

There are more than 20 million of the Dewalt batteries used in the design in market today, all of which could potentially be used to power the design.

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Ford has listened and will be making its Bronco available with a manual transmission and the Sasquatch Package.

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It's safe to say that enthusiasm for the 2021 Ford Bronco is high. The voices of the enthusiasts are loud too. So loud, that the powers that be at Ford Motor Company headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan heard them when they shouted all over social media that they wanted the Bronco to be available with a manual transmission and the Sasquatch Package - a combination not announced at the product's debut.

"The Bronco community spoke and we heard them," said Mark Grueber, Ford Bronco consumer marketing manager. "Our team moved quickly to add Sasquatch with a manual transmission – another example of our focus on giving customers the best possible off-road vehicles and accessories that we can."

2021 Ford Bronco four-door Many orders have already been placed for the 2021 Bronco.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Previously, the Sasquatch Package was only available on select trim levels of the two- and four-door Bronco with the available 10-speed automatic transmission.

The Sasquatch Package gives the model 35-inch Goodyear mud-terrain tires that are mounted to 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, Dana front and rear electronic locking axles with 4.7:1 final drive ratio, and a high-clearance suspension with a nearly two-inch wider track, position-sensitive Bilstein shocks, and wider fender flares.

The change makes the Bronco the only 4x4 with a seven-speed manual and 35-inch off-road tires in its class, giving it one more boasting point in the Bronco vs. Wrangler throwdown for off-road supremacy.

The Sasquatch Package will now be available across the Ford Bronco lineup including the Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outerbanks, and Badlands grades. It is standard on the Bronco Wildtrak and First Edition models. Exterior paint job options vary by trim level.

"Capability is always a priority, and pairing Sasquatch with a manual transmission and available advanced 4x4 system gives it a maximum crawl ratio of 94.75:1, providing even more off-road capability across the line-up," said Dave Pericak, Ford icons global director.

The manual transmission with Sasquatch package is targeted to be available in late 2021. But, you may have to wait 15 months to get yours.

Earlier this year, AutomotiveMap rode in a Bronco with a manual transmission as well as the Bronco Sport.

The Bronco build and price module on Ford.com will go live in October. How can you get a deal on your preferred model? There's one thing you need to know.

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Each center followed CDC guidelines for testing eligibility: patients with a doctor order, must have clinical factors of at-risk populations (like children with cancer), or work as health / child care professionals.

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Hyundai Hope On Wheels, a charity linked to the Hyundai Motor Company, has provided funding to enable more than one million COVID-19 tests at 23 testing sites nationwide.

In March, the company launched the funding initiative initially for 11 hospitals, which each received a $200,000 grant explicitly to be used for testing. Just after Easter, the company doubled the number receiving support. At the time, the $4 million in grant monies covered 22 hospitals in 16 states. An addition site was added later.

Hyundai Hope on Wheels Testing Hyundai Hope on Wheels donated over $4 million for COVID-19 testing centers at children's hospitals. Photo by Getty Images

Additionally, Hyundai also provided an in-kind donation of 65,000 COVID-19 RT-PCR tests developed by Seegene, a South Korea-based global leader in multiplex molecular diagnostics. Hyundai's headquarters is in South Korea. Seegene's test can simultaneously detect three different genes (N, E and RdRP) of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19.

Hyundai and its over 825 dealers also provided support to local institutions with financial assistance, food donations, face mask headband production and loaned vehicles.

"We are grateful for the tireless work of the healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic that made this milestone possible," said Kevin Reilly, Board Member of Hyundai Hope On Wheels and President of Alexandria Hyundai. "Testing is the key to reopening our country safely and we are proud to support our partners in this ongoing and critical effort."

Hyundai Hope on Wheels COVID testing Hyundai's donations helped enable over one million tests. Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

In addition to COVID-19 tests, Hyundai Hope On Wheels provides grants to institutions that research pediatric cancers. Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, HHOW will award 26 new research grants totaling $6.2 million to researchers at children's hospitals nationwide in their relentless pursuit of life-saving treatments. The company began their support of this aspect of the healthcare industry in 1998.

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