Tesla’s Electric Car

updated 12-19-2013

In 1901 Tesla had already registered the use of cosmic energy in the Patent Office in New York, patent no. 685,957.

In 2001, Klaus Jebens, son of Johannes Jebens, a director of the German Patent and inventive home in Hamburg, found a hidden folder in which his father described his trip to America in 1930. Thus the 70 years kept secret was discovered.

Nikola Tesla was the first who built a car propelled by cosmic energy, and my father Heinz in 1930 has driven it with Tesla, said Jebens. His latest invention to produce electricity using the waves of the sea is being realized now.
The father of Klaus, Heinz Jebens was a director of the German Patent Office and the society of inventions in Hamburg from 1927 to 1933, which had 10,000 members, inventors from all over the world. He traveled to America in 1930, as a head of a respectable society, to welcome the honored company of inventor Thomas Edison.
On board the “New York” ship Heinz Jebens met a former Serbia-Austrian officer Peter Savo, who introduced himself as a relative of Nikola Tesla. During a dinner at a restaurant on the ship, Peter Savo insisted that the German director should meet Nikola Tesla, claiming that he was the greatest inventor in America.

They met on November 26 in 1930 in the “Waldorf Astoria” hotel in New York.
The next day they went to Buffalo, where Tesla in strict secrecy wanted to show my father, a “Pierce-Arrow”, a car whose motor was run by cosmic energy, that could save mankind from energy crisis, if the documents had not been lost or hidden, said Mr. Klaus Jebens, showing us his book “Die Urkraft aus dem Universum” (power from the universe) which illustrated some of his inventions, and the memory of his father about an experimental car of scientist Tesla, that supplied energy through a small antenna.

Heinz Jebens’ Notes

Jebens Heinz describes his encounter with the Serbian genius in America as a real discovery. Tesla came to the meeting with a long suitcase saying that the key to success is there. The location in which Tesla demonstrated his invention, the “Pierce-Arrow” was located on the outskirts of Buffalo. The car’s gas tank had been taken off and the gasoline engine was replaced with an electric motor. And only a 12 volt battery was used to power the lights. Tesla pulled out a converter from his bag and installed it in front of the dashboard.

In half an hour, while Tesla was explaining to me the operation of the car, an editor prepared the car for a test. I sat behind, and Tesla sitting in the passenger seat, connected the cables coming out of the converter. “Well, now we have the energy and we can go,” said Tesla and asked the editor to take us to Niagara Falls, where he wanted to show me the turbo-central made from his idea.
The turbo-central of Tesla pleased me very much. We walked for about an hour, and then returned to his laboratory in Buffalo.
The car was powered by some invisible force up to 145 kilometers per hour (90 mph), and we have traveled 70-80 km. The converter was removed and put into the suitcase, Tesla believed that it was not time to use this technology. Gasoline was sufficient, a liter cost only fifteen cents.


Read about Alfred Hubbard and others below. Also, Tesla himself was forced by the establishment to work under the name “Terbo” around this time and Tesla did train others to build the same generators/receivers.

While working for RCA under the name “Terbo”, Tesla maintained his two penthouse suites atop the Hotel New Yorker. One penthouse was his living quarters, the other a full-scale research laboratory. Tesla designed and built small compact and portable aether energy receivers, a developmental path, which he pursued to his passing. [see Tesla, Radiant Energy.1] …

Tesla was then plunged into a hellish time, where all but one would neither help nor hear him. Tesla, impoverished by the inhuman treatment wrought on him by the financial establishment, was for a very long time, considered “out of circulation.”


Tesla has patents on how to get electrical energy from the universe and spoke of it as early as 1892. It was when Tesla told J. P. Morgan of his plans to offer it to the world, free, at Wardenclyffe that J.P. Morgan cut his funding and nearly wrecked Tesla’s entire future. There are a number of others who came later, including C. Earl Ammann and Lester Hendershot, who appear to have created parallel inventions, methods, capable of and doing the same thing:

“Electrical power is everywhere present in unlimited quantities and can drive the world’s machinery without the need for coal, oil or gas…” – Nikola Tesla, 1892

Later, in 1920, Einstein suggested the idea that dark energy would explain why the Universe feels a force that counteracts gravity. His explanation was quickly abandoned as unnecessary, and subsequently ignored for 70 years. Today we know that not only was Einstein correct, dark energy does exist, but also, that it is expanding the Universe into darkness, and before Einstein even suggested it, Tesla already knew about it and intended to broadcast power freely to everyone, wirelessly, from it – until J. P. Morgan bankrupted him.


C. Earl Ammann:
The young inventor, C. Earl Ammann, today, Monday, August 8, 1921, demonstrated his invention by attaching it to an old automobile and running it about the city.

Lester Hendershot
In 1960, Lester Hendershot’s device (now called a ‘magnatronic generator’) was researched by the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research. The generator was reported to have lit a 100-watt lamp by ‘induced radio frequency energy.’ The project ended when Hendershot committed suicide.
“He is reported to have accepted an offer he couldn’t refuse being paid never to work on his device again.”

Alfred Hubbard:
In 1920, at the age of 19, Alfred Hubbard built a coil and motor that ran his boat 10 knots an hour on Portage Bay in Seattle. He called this ‘fuelless’ unit an ‘atmospheric power generator.’ Hubbard claimed it could operate for years; drive a large car; light an office building; and fly a plane around the world nonstop. Little is known about the Hubbard Coil. He was forced into obscurity because of what his motor would do to the present industries. “Since Alfred Hubbard worked with Tesla for a short period, it seems likely that his transformer is based on [information from] Tesla.”

T. Henry Moray
A Doctor of Electrical Engineering, T. Henry Moray wrote the book ‘The Sea of Energy in Which the Earth Floats’ in 1960. It contains results of a 50 year study with another type of ‘atmospheric energy collector.’ During FDR’s reign, Moray became the chief engineer of the western branch of the Rural Electrification Agency. He built a device that weighed 55 pounds and produced up to 50,000 watts. An ignorant co-worker was so enraged by the strange principles Moray tested, that he destroyed the machine. By today’s standards, the loss would be over a million dollars. Moray wrote that ‘frequencies maybe developed which will balance the force of gravity to a point of neutralization.’
Moray: ‘It was during the Christmas holidays of 1911 that I began to realize the fact that the energy I was working with was not of a static nature but of an oscillating nature, and that the energy was not coming out of the Earth but that it rather was coming in to the Earth from some outside source.’
see more at www.rexresearch.com/moray2/morayrer.htm

Ed Gray
Edwin Gray Sr., 48, has fashioned working devices that could:
Power every auto, train, truck, boat and plane that moves in this land — perpetually.
Warm, cool and service every American home — without erecting a single transmission line.
Feed limitless energy into the nation’s mighty industrial system — forever.
And do it all without creating a single iota of pollution.
“He flicked a switch and the tiny battery sent a charge into the capacitors. He then plugged in six 15-watt electric bulbs on individual cords — and a 110-volt portable television set and two radios. The bulbs burned brightly, the television played, and both radios blared — and yet, the small battery was not discharging.”
[Gray had a neighbor, an engineer, who had met Tesla and is considered the source of Gray’s motor]

see 2 pages on “Tesla, Radient Energy”

from January 24th, Sunday – Dallas Morning News “Texas Sketches” column:

The Electric Auto that almost triumphed:
Power Source of ’31 car still a mystery

by A.C. Greene

It is a mystery car once demonstrated by Nikola Tesla, developer of alternating current, that might have made electrics triumphant.

Supported by the Pierce-Arrow Co. and Westinghouse in 1931, he took the gasoline engine from a new Pierce-Arrow and replaced it with an 80-horsepower alternating-current electric motor with no external power source.

At a local radio shop he bought 12 vacuum tubes, some wires and assorted resistors, and assembled them in a circuit box 24 inches long, 12 inches wide and 6 inches high, with a pair of 3-inch rods sticking out. Getting into the car with the circuit box in the front seat beside him, he pushed the rods in, announced, “We now have power,” and proceeded to test drive the car for a week, often at speeds of up to 90 mph.

As it was an alternating-current motor and there were no batteries involved, where did the power come from?

Popular responses included charges of “black magic,” and the sensitive genius didn’t like the skeptical comments of the press. He removed his mysterious box, returned to his laboratory in New York – and the secret of his power source died with him.

A.C. Greene is an author and Texas historian who lives in Salado.

1931 Pierce Arrow advertizement

In 1931, under the financing of Pierce-Arrow and George Westinghouse, a 1931 Pierce-Arrow was selected to be tested at the factory grounds in Buffalo, N.Y. The standard internal combustion engine was removed and an 80-H.P. 1800 r.p.m electric motor installed to the clutch and transmission. The A.C. motor measured 40 inches long and 30 inches in diameter and the power leads were left standing in the air – no external power source!

At the appointed time, Nikola Tesla arrived from New York City and inspected the Pierce-Arrow automobile. He then went to a local radio store and purchased a handful of tubes (12), wires and assorted resistors. A box measuring 24 inches long, 12 inches wide and 6 inches high was assembled housing the circuit. The box was placed on the front seat and had its wires connected to the air-cooled, brushless motor. Two rods 1/4″ in diameter stuck out of the box about 3″ in length.

Mr. Tesla got into the driver’s seat, pushed the two rods in and stated, “We now have power”. He put the car into gear and it moved forward! This vehicle, powered by an A.C. motor, was driven to speeds of 90 m.p.h. and performed better than any internal combustion engine of its day! One week was spent testing the vehicle. Several newspapers in Buffalo reported this test. When asked where the power came from, Tesla replied, “From the ethers all around us”. Several people suggested that Tesla was mad and somehow in league with sinister forces of the universe. He became incensed, removed his mysterious box from the vehicle and returned to his laboratory in New York City. His secret died with him!

This information comes through an unlikely source, one rarely mentioned by Tesla biographers. It chanced that an aeronautical engineer, Derek Ahlers, met with one of Tesla’s nephews then living in New York. Theirs was an acquaintance lasting some 10 years, consisting largely of anecdotal commentaries on Dr. Tesla. Mr. Peter Savo provided an enormous fund of knowledge concerning many episodes in Tesla’s last years.

Dr Nikola Tesla was Peter’s uncle on his mother’s side. It was he who suggested that Peter come to the United States. He met Peter at the boat on arrival and seems to have taken a fatherly interest in him until his death…

1931 Pierce Arrow advertizement

The Black Box

Himself an Austrian military man and a trained aviator, Mr. Savo was extremely open about certain long-cherished incidents in which his uncle’s genius was consistently made manifest. Mr. Savo reported that in 1931 (just 12 years before Tesla’s death), he participated in an experiment involving aetheric power. Unexpectedly, almost inappropriately, he was asked to accompany his uncle on a long train ride to Buffalo. A few times in this journey, Mr. Savo asked the nature of their journey. Dr. Tesla remained unwilling to disclose any information, speaking rather directly to this issue. Taken into a small garage, Dr. Tesla walked directly to a Pierce Arrow, opened the hood and began making a few adjustments. In place of the engine, there was an AC motor. This measured a little more than 3 feet long, and a little more than 2 feet in diameter. From it trailed two very thick cables, which connected with the dashboard. In addition, there was an ordinary 12-volt storage battery. (“There was a 12-volt Willard battery installed in the car, but it was for the lights only and much too small to run the car. In any case.”) The motor was rated at 80 horsepower. Maximum rotor speed was stated to be 30 turns per second (1800 rpm). A 6-foot vertical antenna rod was fitted into the rear section of the car.

Dr. Tesla stepped into the passenger side and began making adjustments on a “power receiver” which had been built directly into the dashboard. The receiver, no larger than a short-wave radio of the day, used 12 special tubes, which Dr. Tesla brought with him in a box-like case.

Mr. Savo told Mr. Ahler that Dr. Tesla built the receiver in his hotel room, a device 2 feet in length, nearly 1 foot wide, a 1/2 foot high. These curiously constructed tubes having been properly installed in their sockets, Dr. Tesla pushed in 2 contact rods and informed Mr. Savo that power was now available to drive.

“There was a voltmeter which was used to measure output of the receiver. Dr Tesla commented that the receiver had enough reserve power so that you could drive the car next to a house, connect the wiring, and light up the whole house. There was also some kind of hydraulic pressure gauge on the dash. Peter asked its purpose but Dr Tesla would not tell him.”
No sound was heard. Dr. Tesla handed Mr. Savo the ignition key and told him to start the engine, which he promptly did. Yet hearing nothing, the accelerator was applied, and the car instantly moved. Tesla’s nephew drove this vehicle without other fuel for an undetermined long interval. Mr. Savo drove a distance of 50 miles through the city and out to the surrounding countryside. The car was tested to speeds of 90 mph, with the speedometer rated to 120.

After a time, and with increasing distance from the city itself, Dr. Tesla felt free enough to speak. Having now become sufficiently impressed with the performance of both his device and the automobile. Dr. Tesla informed his nephew that the device could not only supply the needs of the car forever, but could also supply the needs of a household “with power to spare”. When originally asked how the device worked, Tesla was initially adamant and refused to speak. Many who have read this “apocryphal account” have stated it to be the result of an “energy broadcast”. This misinterpretation has simply caused further confusions concerning this stage of Tesla’s work. He had very obviously succeeded in performing, with this small and compact device, what he had learned in Colorado and Shoreham.

As soon as they were on the country roads, clear of the more congested areas, Tesla began to lecture on the subject. Of the motive source he referred to “a mysterious radiation, which comes out of the aether”. The small device very obviously and effectively appropriated this energy. Tesla also spoke very glowingly of this providence, saying of the energy itself that “it is available in limitless quantities”. Dr. Tesla stated that although “he did no know where it came from, mankind should be very grateful for its presence”. The two remained in Buffalo for 8 days, rigorously testing the car in the city and countryside. Dr. Tesla also told Mr. Savo that the device would soon be used to drive boats, planes, trains, and other automobiles. Once, just before leaving the city limits, they stopped at a streetlight and a bystander joyfully commented concerning their lack of exhaust fumes. Mr. Savo spoke up whimsically, saying that they had “no engine”. They left Buffalo and traveled to a predetermined location, which Dr. Tesla knew, an old farmhouse barn some 20 miles from Buffalo. Dr. Tesla and Mr. Savo left the car in this barn, took the 12 tubes and the ignition key, and departed.

Later on, Mr. Savo heard a rumor that a secretary had spoken candidly about both the receiver and the test run, being promptly fired for the security breach. About a month after the incident, Mr. Savo received a call from a man who identified himself as Lee De Forest, who asked how he enjoyed the car. Mr. Savo expressed his joy over the mysterious affair, and Mr. DeForest declared Tesla the greatest living scientist in the world. Later, Mr. Savo asked his uncle whether or not the power receiver was being used in other applications. He was informed that Dr. Tesla had been negotiating with a major shipbuilding company to build a boat with a similarly outfitted engine. Asked additional questions, Dr. Tesla became annoyed. Highly concerned and personally strained over the security of this design, it seems obvious that Tesla was performing these tests in a desperate degree of secrecy for good reasons. Tesla had already been the victim of several manipulations, deadly actions entirely sourced in a single financial house. For this reason, secrecy and care had become his only recent excess.

“About 7 years ago Peter was approached by a Yugoslav diplomat then at the United Nations (Peter could not remember the name but has a record of it) who asked if he could find the engine and power receiver of that car. He dropped the name Rockefeller and said that they “could make millions” if they had this engine to copy. Peter made some attempts to comply, but without results. Peter is very anti-Tito and probably did not try very hard. The diplomat died about two years ago.”

“When asked whatever happened to the car, Peter said that he had heard that it had been shipped to Yugoslavia. However, he has written to friends in Yugoslavia about this and they replied that nothing ever arrived.”


1931 Pierce Arrow

Tesla’s lost Inventions

Tesla & Dark Energy (1)

Tesla & Dark Energy (2)

Ed Gray’s Magnetic Motor

Ed Gray’s Patents

Alfred Hubbard’s Generator

Howard Johnson’s permanent Magnet Motor

A Few Magnet Motors



  1. Gary Lee Armijo

    I have built a 1.5 ft high Tesla Coil and I am interested in using the power in a car. I think I can use it now to make hydrogen and am working on Weightlessness since negative energy repels neg energy. I currently have been using magnets and the Tesla plus zinc and or copper mediums for neg and pos output. This “Box” that Tesla built is very interesting and if you have any info at all; I would love to try building one.

    Read all the pages here on Tesla. They are all about his knowledge and application of Radient, Aetheric, “Dark” Energy – which must have been the way he would have powered the Pierce Arrow.
    – editor

  2. What’s the holdup on mass usage? Build these devices and show them to the public. No more buying gas; no more electric bill.That’s thousands of extra dollars in my pocket every year. If you are scared, show this layman how to build these devices and they can be used safely and I will put them in the limelight. There wil be no way to stop me, even if corporate has me killed.

  3. Wow! There is more info on Tesla than I ever hopped to find.
    There are some inventors that never seem to have a failed experiment and I think he was one of these. We are puppets and anything that benefits mankind is kept from us. There are many people that can find anything and block it before it ever get to the media. I really like pages like this where the stories are not censored in any way and tell us the truth about what is was really happening out there.
    Did you even think about this. How many scientists have spent most of there careers working on something that our governments already knows and has kept it secret? To me this is a terrible thing for them and us as well.
    Tesla also worked on the Philadelphia experiment and I don’t see much on that here. Many of the ideas he put into that could be very useful to mankind if a person could find a safe way to experiment with them.

    Tesla is the one who engineered the “Philadelphia experiment”. It was his knowledge that made it possible, but when he realized that people would get hurt, he tried to stop it and then left the project. Einstein was then put in charge.
    see Atlantis Rising and Babylon’s Banksters for some phenominal information on Tesla
    (about one chapter in each book is devoted to Tesla, but it is incredible!)

  4. I have a 1979 Ford F-150. I was wondering if you could direct me to information on things I might be able to do to get better fuel economy. The truck is currently disassembled in process of restoration. It came with a 351 v8 but I might not put it back in the truck. If you have any suggestions I would appreciate it. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Given that a 350 v8 weighs 600-700 pounds, if there is a business doing electric conversions in your area, you could replace it with a comparable electric motor, (with only 1 moving part!), of only 300+/- lbs. plus add 300-400 lbs. of batteries and still be in your original weight range. Lithium batteries are now on the market; power with a lot less weight.

  5. Nice update on Nicola Tesla’s inventions.

  6. Ivan,
    It is you who are “unresponsible” not Arlin Wallace. It is thinking like yours that has kept the human race down. Thinking like yours is the reason we do no have the flying cars promised to us in the 1960s & 70s! If men such as Steve Jobs had thought like you the I-devices we so enjoy would not be around! With thinking like yours man kind would never have left that tree, or ventured out of that cave. I agree with Mr. Wallace whole heartedly, and if I could obtain a complete set of plans for such an energy device I would build it, use it & tell every one I could, and build it for them as well! But I understand your fears, and it is justifiable but that would not stop me from building such a device. I would build it, test it & build one for family & friends, one on one, and give the info away to any one I trusted to build as well until enough people were powering there homes etc that nothing could be done by big government idiots and company clowns!

    “Right on” -editor

    • When TV’s gained in popularity, many folks would mount their antennae in the attic because they feared that one day they would be taxed for having a tv in their home. A similar situation arises with alternate energy vehicles, especially those where they can’t meter the power usage (unable to tax it and loss of the existing tax base surrounding energy usage)
      Bootleg energy, bad!

      ignorance, bad!   hiding antennas? not in this country.
      Today, electricity is already being taxed – including at EV charging stations. You sure can dream up things to worry about.   you should pay attention and read.

  7. Seems to me just a little reading up and the understanding of basic electrical theory is needed. and the rest is just spending a little time experimenting. l sure they didn’t get it on the first try, right?

  8. Very nice Article much appreciated .

    One minor thing , Tesla never intended on Powering the world as the potential to do harm was to big ( as we see now with HAARP all over the world )

    He reverted to making small localised devices rather than radiating the world with frequencies that “coul” if desired be tuned to affect all living things ! Overpowering Schuman resonance as GSM/WIFI and other waves now do .


  9. Serafino Vallorani

    We want to know more, where is possible to find more document?

    do a few Google searches.

  10. This article was great. For more information read the two books by Gerry Vassilatos, namely “Lost Science” and “Secrets of Cold War Technology”
    Frank Rumore

  11. Hi Gary
    If you still visit this page this might help.

  12. Thanks for a very, most interesting account about lost-blessings from the minds of America’s greatest minds, blocked by those who wasted the potentials of men, who blocked what could have brought greatest joy and happiness to a future. Let’s hope those who spoiled their great inventions, will repent and help bring constructive-progress to a peaceful, NON-WAR FUTURE! THEY CAN EVER YET BECOME OUR HEROS!

    Joe Spenner

  13. I just find it so hard to fathom that our man Tesla’s genius has not been outlaid for all humankind to move forward with.
    Your article made me wonder – Are electric cars just the pre – cursor planned obsolescence to the Pierce Arrow?
    I hope so… Thanks for the great website.

    read about the Tesla Roadster, Tesla Motors.

  14. Hey, Great website, but the information on T. Henry Moray as far as I have come to understand it is incorrect.
    * Henrys book “the sea of energy etc…” wasn’t written in the 1960’s….it was originaly a pamphlet/booklet written in the early 1930’s and his son later re-issued and enlarged the book.
    * it wasn’t an ignorant co-worker that destroyer the device, in 1939, but most likely a communist infiltrator working for the REA, [Felix Frazer] who became enraged at the failure of his efforts to get henry to move take his work to russia!

  15. Just run your tesla coil backwards. It will run your car.


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