Nikola Tesla electric car hoax

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This article is about an automobile power source said to have been developed by Nikola Tesla. For the automobile company, see Tesla Motors.

The Tesla electric car anecdote refers to a supposed Nikola Tesla invention described by a Peter Savo (who claimed to be a nephew of Tesla), to one Derek Ahers with the date September 16, 1967. Savo said that Tesla took him to Buffalo, New York, in 1931 and showed him a modified Pierce-Arrow automobile.

Tesla, according to the story, had the stock gasoline engine removed and replaced with a brushless AC electric motor. The motor was said to have been run by a "cosmic energy power receiver" consisting of a box measuring about 25 inches long by 10 inches wide by 6 inches high, containing 12 radio vacuum tubes and connected to a 6-foot-long (1.8 m) antenna. The car was said to have been driven for about 50 miles at speeds of up to 90 mph during an eight-day period.[1][2]

This story has received some debate because the car's propulsion system is said to have been invented by Tesla. No physical evidence has ever been produced confirming that the car actually existed. Because Tesla did not have a nephew by the name of Peter Savo, the Tesla electric car story is considered[by whom?] to be a fabrication.

A number of web pages exist that serve to perpetuate the tale. Every account of this purported demonstration automobile is based upon the story plus literary embellishment.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]


  1. ^ Robert Nelson. ""Information about an Invention by Dr. Nikola Tesla, which is said to have harnessed Cosmic Energy" (Unidentified document circulated in the early 1980s)". Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  2. ^ Ford, R.A., Space Energy Receivers : Power from the wheelwork of nature, Simplified Technology Service, Champaign, IL, 1993 "Information about an invention by Dr. Nikola Tesla, which is said to have harnessed cosmic energy" pp. 31–37.
  3. ^ "Tesla's Electric Car" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  4. ^ "Tesla's Electric Car". 2000-01-01. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  5. ^ Gary Lee Armijo says: (2010-03-04). "Tesla's Electric Car". Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  6. ^ "Tesla's Electric Car". 2000-01-01. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  7. ^ "Nikola Tesla's 'Black Magic' Touring Car". Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  8. ^ Jim Glenn, Hans A. Nieper. "Nikola Tesla's Automobile". Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  9. ^ "Tesla's automobile". Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  10. ^ "More Insight into the Tesla Car". 1997-04-07. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  11. ^ "Tachyonen Technologie - Tachyons". Abeiez Tachyon. 2002-03-26. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 

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