Ford Transit Van, Modified for Use as a COVID-19 Mobile Testing Facility, 2020

Summary

In spring 2020, early in America's COVID-19 pandemic, Ford Motor Company and Troy Design & Manufacturing converted four Ford Transit vans into mobile test units. The vehicles collected genetic samples in the field and transported them to labs for testing. Free tests were given to first responders, nursing home residents, and people at substance abuse centers and community shelters in Michigan.

In spring 2020, early in America's COVID-19 pandemic, Ford Motor Company and Troy Design & Manufacturing converted four Ford Transit vans into mobile test units. The vehicles collected genetic samples in the field and transported them to labs for testing. Free tests were given to first responders, nursing home residents, and people at substance abuse centers and community shelters in Michigan.

Artifact

Van (Cargo vehicle)

Date Made

2020

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in The Gallery by GM

Object ID

2020.124.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Metal
Plastic
Glass (Material)

Color

Red
White (Color)
Blue
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 90 in

Width: 81 in

Length: 236.5 in

Wheelbase: 148 in

Inscriptions

on front: MOBILE TEST UNIT / BUILT Ford PROUD on sides: UAW Ford MOBILE TEST UNIT TDM BUILT Ford PROUD Ford TDM on back: TRANSIT 250 / BUILT Ford PROUD / ECOBLUE / Ford UAW on license plate: MEDICAL MOBILE / TEST UNIT / Ford TDM

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