Tesla Engine, Tesla the “car” what comes to your mind? Luxury, Cool,?
Tesla Engine, Tesla the “car” what comes to your mind?Luxury, Cool, Hip, Progressive Car?
Growing up as a child my father often talked to me about “the Tesla Engine”. He told me that the Oil Industry and the Car companies ‘buried the best engine in the world’. I always listened with great interest what he had to say. He told me that the car would have no smelly, polluting fumes and would not hurt people or the environment. So I remember asking him what was the reason this would be so people and environment friendly? He told me that it is an electric engine and cars would not need gasoline and oil to run the car. The year was 1959 and I was six years oldJ
Nicola Tesla invented the Tesla “motor” or “engine”. He was an inventor, an electrical engineer who became a naturalized citizen. Ironically he worked with Thomas Edison. He went on his own trying to reach fame and fortune. He even partnered up with George Westinghouse on a few projects. Needless to say he died in obscurity without any money in 1943.
Fast forward to the early 2003 Tesla Motors is founded and they use Nicolas Tesla’s design: the AC Motor of 1882. The Tesla Roadster is the first Electric Vehicle (EV). Then a period of what I consider convoluted, back door politics, financial chicanery, power struggles, support by the US Government, well heeled Venture Capitalists, visionary financial investors to name of few such as Sergey Brin of Google fame, Larry Page of EBay fame, JP Morgan and I could go on and on….a book could be written about the financing and the history of the company.
The past ten years were very colorful and it reads like a mystery novel, the end result Tesla Cars are now in high demand all over the world. There are over fifty showrooms from Japan, Germany to Australia to name a few. So interestingly it all began here, the first show room was in West Los Angeles and I have enjoyed keeping up with all the trials and tribulations of the Tesla Motor Company and its product.
The purpose of my blog is to let you know, that the car is now “main stream” in the Greater Los Angeles area. There is virtually not a moment that when I am on the road I do not run into a Tesla Car. An overnight success ten years in the making or was it 131 years in the making? I am sure Nicola Tesla and my father are looking down and smiling at the strange turn of events.
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