Tesla vs Tesla

Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor and engineer, who contributed to the birth of commercial electricity, through the invention of Alternating Current (AC) electric systems. He started his carrier in a telegraph company in Budapest, later moved to Paris to work as an engineer for the Continental Edison Company. He then moved to US and Edison hired him to work for his ‘Edison Machine Works’. According to Tesla, Edison offered him US$ 50,000, to redesign Edison’s inefficient motor. However Edison broke his word saying it was just an American Humor. Anyway Tesla left Edison Company, later in 1886; he started his own – Tesla Electric Light & Manufacturing. Same year he was relieved from his duties due to disagreements with his investors. In 1887 he constructed the initial brushless alternating current induction motor and demonstrated to the American Institute of Electrical Engineers in 1888. Same year, he developed the principles of his Tesla coil, and began working with George Westinghouse at Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company’s Pittsburgh labs. Westinghouse listened to his ideas for polyphase systems which would allow transmission of alternating current electricity over long distances. Mean while Edison was promoting Direct Current (DC) for electric power distribution instead of the more easily transmitted AC systems. The events occurred, commonly known as ‘War of Currents’. As a result Edison and Westinghouse went nearly bankrupt.

Tesla Motors hired Fisker Coachbuild to design the WhiteStar sedan, which is recently introduced Tesla Model 4S. Anyway, Tesla chairman Elon Musk considered it to be substandard. Mean while Fisker Automotives announced the Fisker Karma at the North American International Auto Show in January, 2008. On April 14, 2008, Tesla Motors filed a lawsuit against Fisker Automotive, alleging that Henrik Fisker “stole design ideas and confidential information related to the design of hybrid and electric cars” and was using that information to develop the Fisker Karma. On November 3, 2008, Fisker Automotive Inc. issued a press release indicating that an arbitrator has issued an interim award finding in favour of Fisker Automotive, Inc. and against Tesla Motors Inc. on all claims. Tesla said the ruling was binding and would not pursue the case.

Hope, this may not end up like the ‘war of currents’…

Read More..

Tesla Motors Files Suit Against Competitor Over Design Ideas

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/15/technology/15tesla.html

Tesla Motors Sues Fisker Automotive Over Electric Car Design

http://gas2.org/2008/04/16/tesla-motors-sues-fisker-automotive-over-electric-car-design/

Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_Motors

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