Tesla the Man vs. Tesla the Car, by Eric Peters

The real Nikola Tesla wouldn’t have had anything to do with the cars that are named after him. From Eric Perters at ericpetersautos.com:

One of the great ironies – and abuses – of our time is the use of a brilliant man’s name to hawk everything he didn’t stand for.

The man, of course, was the self-taught genius inventor Nikola Tesla – whose name (both first and last) has been used to market very conventional battery-powered devices (cars and big-rigs) that depend upon the very controllable infrastructure he had devoted himself to eliminating.

Many people associate Tesla – the man – with electricity, which is accurate in a general sense and why the use of his name to hawk electrically-powered devices makes sense, superficially.

But Tesla – the man – wanted to unplug everything.

He wanted to figure out how to transmit electricity wirelessly, anywhere – and for free. Or very close to that.

He may have figured it out, too – which of course would have been extremely dangerous. For Tesla. No one (except perhaps for Scully and Mulder of the X Files) knows whether he succeeded. What is known is that he died alone and poor in 1943 in his New York City apartment, which was subsequently ransacked by FBI agents who – apparently – made off with chests full of his papers, never to be seen again.

At least, so far.

Maybe he did – and maybe he didn’t – figure out how to generate and transmit electricity wirelessly. The point is that the idea of it is the antithesis of everything embodied by the recycled yesterday-tech battery-powered devices that have his name (one or the other) on their flanks.

A real Tesla would not need a battery, for instance. This being ancient (and hobbling) technology that predates Tesla (the man). And he’s been dead for almost 80 years.

Batteries, whether lead acid or lithium ion, are merely storage devices – just like gas tanks – only much less efficient. A Tesla’s battery pack can store the electrical energy equivalent of about half a full tank of chemical energy (i.e., gasoline). But because of the physics of non-Teslian electrical transmission, it takes many times longer to convey electrical energy from a power source into the storage device and during the time it takes to do this, the two are tethered together.

While you wait.

Teslian technology – at least, what the man is said to have been working on – would have done away with all of that.

The wait – and the weight.

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