Although the economic depression had compromised production and trade, most of the major US cities nevertheless remained a source of activity. One day, among the many of vehicles that traveled along the streets, a luxurious car stopped next to a sidewalk near the traffic lights of an intersection. A passer-by noticed the absolute absence of steam or fumes from the exhaust pipe. The passer-by approached the driver and commented through the open window on the absence of fumes from the exhaust. The driver then quietly replied that this car “had no engine”.
This statement is not as extravagant or malicious as it may seem. There was a certain truth to it. In fact, that particular car did not have an internal combustion engine; instead it had an electric motor. If the driver had bothered to complete his explanation to the passerby, he could have told him that the electric motor was not powered by batteries – moreover by no type of “fuel”.
The driver was Petar Savo, and although he was driving that car he was not responsible for his incredible characteristics. These were the work of another man, a man whom Petar Savo knew as an “uncle”: not others but the genius of electricity Nikola Tesla.
In the 1890s, Nikola Tesla revolutionized the world with his inventions to exploit electricity, giving us the electric induction motor, alternating current (AC), radiotelegraphy, remote radio control, fluorescent lamps and other scientific wonders. Actually it was Tesla’s polyphase alternating current and not Thomas Edison’s continuous current that inaugurated the modern technological era.
Tesla did not rest on his laurels but continued to make fundamental discoveries in the fields of energy and matter. He discovered cosmic rays decades before “Millikan” and was the first to develop X-rays, cathode ray tubes and other types of valves.
However, potentially, the most significant finding of Nikola Tesla was that electrical energy can be propagated through Earth and also around it in an atmospheric area called the Schumann cavity. It extends from the surface of the planet to the ionosphere, at a height of about 80 kilometers. The extremely low frequency electromagnetic waves, around 8 hertz (the Schumann resonance, or the pulsation of the earth’s magnetic field) travel, practically without losses, to every point on the planet. Tesla’s energy distribution system and its dedication to free energy meant that with the appropriate electrical device tuned correctly to transmit energy, anyone in the world could have tapped into his system.
The development of such a technology posed too great a threat to the enormous interests of those who produce, distribute and sell electricity. Tesla’s discovery ended with the suspension of financial support for his research, the ostracism by official science and the gradual removal of his name from history books. From the position of superstar of science in 1895, Tesla in 1917 was virtually a “no one”, forced into small scientific experiments in solitude. In his annual meetings with the press on his birthday, a slim figure in the open pre-war style coat would have told reporters the discoveries and developments of his ideas. It was a sad mixture of ego and frustrated genius.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the prospects for electric cars were bright. Futurists had anticipated electric vehicles powered by batteries that were mechanically simpler, quieter, odorless, easy to use and with fewer problems than any car with a petrol engine.
As soon as the speed and reliability of petrol-powered cars improved, electric cars were abandoned and remained the favorites of retirees and older ladies. The introduction of electric starting in petrol cars put the final nail in the coffin of electric cars.
Since then, no one has ever been able to reproduce the electric engine that Tesla had successfully tested, the engine that could have given free energy for the masses, or was just a myth?
Franco defines itself as a person trapped in a sedentary lifestyle, however, he is an avid fitness “addict” and like, many more in his environment spends vast parts of his leisure time on a gym, running, cycling.