Friday, April 16, 2010
Tesla Roadster World Tour
The Tesla Roadster world tour spent part of its 37,000 km trip in Budapest this week as one of the most significant parts of the tour. Budapest was where Nikola Tesla came up with the design for his revolutionary alternating-current induction motor in 1882, during a feverish hallucination along the banks of the Danube River. Well before the days of the great wristech blood pressure monitor.
The Tesla Roadster - the only electric car for sale in Europe or North America - uses an AC induction motor descended from the scientist's original vision. Tesla Motors unveiled the Roadster in 2006, which UNESCO declared the Year of Nikola Tesla in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth.