Nicola Tesla was a very strange man as are most geniuses. He was the equal of Einstein, and the superior of Edison. He lived in the USA at the same time as them, but today is almost unheard of, even though he was responsible for the electrification of the world.
He invented Alternating Current along with 700 other patents he registered. He made an interesting comment during his long life (1856-1943). He said that Einstein and Edison were receiving all the attention in the first half of the 19th century, but the future belonged to him.
That future is now arriving.
The scale of his inventiveness is too big a topic for a blog post. Even a full sized hardback would be pressed to include all he achieved. So I am focusing on one significant development of the last few months.
In August 2009 a small car company bearing his name, Tesla Motors, opened in London, which had started in the US the year before. The car bodies are made by Lotus. A lithium ion battery is added as per laptop but bigger, and a black box, which is what people used to call ‘the engine’. And that’s it. A car.
Only the tires and the brake pads require servicing. The ‘box’ is maintenance free.
The car is electric. You plug it in like a kettle. It has a range of up to 300 miles. Now hang on! Electric cars until last year had ranges of between 40 and 80 miles. And this is no slouch. 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds, beating all Ferraris except the very fastest model.
The difference is the Tesla coil. This takes the electricity from the battery and collects five times more electricity from the environment.
Hahahahaha. They are joking, I take it.
Except it does.
Tesla had realised that electricity could be supplied at no cost to the world by tapping it from the environment. I won’t attempt a scientific explanation, and yet you simply have to realise that electricity is everywhere, and on the move all the time, in the earth, in the ionosphere and the atmosphere, and inside us. Enough.
Tesla’s inventions were so threatening to businessmen such as J.P.Morgan his chief financier that the funding was halted, once it was realised you don’t need wires to get electric power. His famous tower which collected electricity from lightning flashes was demolished. He said that just twelve of them could power the whole of the United States.
Even today, anyone using Tesla technology has to keep it very quiet, as conventional industry feels very threatened.
The car needs 45 minutes to power up, and the 300 miles costs less than £5 to electrify the battery by plugging into the mains. If there was a Tesla power generator to hand, it would cost zero, but there aren’t many of those around.
This was all known about 100 years ago.
It’s going to take the Depression to bring it all out of hiding. In another hundred years they will laugh at us for being duped and being made to have electric cables everywhere, and run cars on gasoline.
By 2012 the price will be down to £35,000 ($50,000) for a four door. The current model costs double that. Yet there are 1000 of them on the road after one year of sales. This is the future of motoring, and energy creation, but don’t tell anyone. Call it software or something. OK.
What’s more… Flying saucers are not all from outer space (if any). They were first built in Germany in 1945. Tesla invented anti-gravity, on which they operate. Let’s take this one step at a time, huh?
Meanwhile, please take a test drive of a Tesla with Stephanie from ecobold.com, an environmental consumer website in the US. Mmmmmmmmmm..
Here is an explanation as to how a Tesla generator works. It uses powerful magnets to drive a shaft round, magnets powerful enough to crush your fingers, gaining an improvement on energy going in to energy coming out by a factor of 5.
Watch this demo from ITEC, the International Tesla Electric Company.