Nikola Tesla electric car hoax
The Nikola Tesla electric car hoax is an anecdote that refers to a supposed Nikola Tesla invention described by Peter Savo, who claimed to be a nephew of Tesla, to Derek Ahers in 1967. Savo said that Tesla took him to Buffalo, New York in 1931 and showed him a modified Pierce-Arrow car.
Tesla, according to the story, had removed the gasoline engine from the car and replaced it 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.
The 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. Tesla did not have a nephew by the name of Peter Savo, and Tesla's grand-nephew William Terbo considers the Tesla electric car story to be a fabrication.
A number of web pages exist that perpetuate this tale. Aside from this one exception, every other account of this purported demonstration automobile is based upon the Peter Savo story plus literary embellishment.
- 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)". Rexresearch.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
- 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.
- Mathews, Arthur. "Tesla's Last Known Living Assistant's Recorded Statement". NU Energy. NU Energy Staff. Archived from the original on 16 November 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
A new, and improved, primary zinc battery capable of powering an electric vehicle for a range of 500 miles before easily and economically replacing its cathode (negative terminal) plates by the car's owner from a year's supply of fresh, new plates which could easily be stored within the trunk of the car.
- Tesla, Nikola. "Nicola Tesla's View of the Future in Motive Power". NU Energy. NU Energy Staff. Archived from the original on 16 November 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
Tesla states that he made numerous statements in publications in regards to using electricity to power a car. Tracking down these statements should dispel the myth that his car was powered by radiant energy.
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- "The Electric Auto that almost triumphed, Power Source of '31 car still a mystery, by A.C. Greene". Vangard Sciences. 1993-01-30. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
- Ford, Richard A. (1993). Space Energy Receivers. Power from the Wheelwork of Nature. Simplified Technology Service, Champaign, IL.
- More Insight into the Tesla Car[unreliable source?]
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- Nikola Tesla's amazing "black box"[unreliable source?]
- Cold Electricity or Cosmic Rays of Tesla's 1931 Pierce Arrow Top Secret Project[unreliable source?]
- ExtraOrdinary Technology: Volume 1 Number 2[unreliable source?]
- Simulating Tesla's Pierce Arrow EV Demonstration of 1931
- Aluminum-Air (Primary) Battery Development - Toward an Electric Car