Tesla Motors is the first American automobile company that turned a profit in many years only by the production and launch of two electric cars. This new company managed to impress customers, critics, and even competitors. Today, Tesla Motors is quite well-known among almost all individuals in the United States of America. However, did you ever wonder how Marc Tarpenning and Martin Eberhard, the founders, came up with their company’s name?
It seems that Tesla Motors was named after Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-based engineer who created alternating-current power transmission and even the induction motor. According to an old post made on Tesla’s website, the cars made by the company would not have existed without Tesla’s intelligence and brilliance. The post even said that had Tesla been alive today, he would have approved of their completely-electric cars. Even though Elon Musk admires Winston Churchill and Thomas Edison, who was a rival of Nikola Tesla, Musk also respects the Serbian inventor. As a matter of fact, Elon Musk once promised to convert Nikola Tesla’s lab into a museum.
Nikola Tesla was born on 1856 and died in the year 1943. He is reported to have had made at least 700 patents. These patents ranged from the likes of fluorescent lighting to even wireless communication. Although he did come up with several interesting ideas, such as “death beams”, he could never make them come to life. What are these “death beams”, you ask? Nikola Tesla is reported to have told the New York Times that he had come up with a method to send beams of concentrated particles through the air. He mentioned that these beams are so powerful that they could kill countless soldiers or even bring down planes from miles away, in the sky. Tesla passed away at the age of 87 while residing in the New Yorker Hotel.