The Tesla Electric Car Conversion of a 1931 Pierce-Arrow is Back!

Tesla did not use 12 radio tubes in his 1931 demonstration.

That was intended to distract Peter Savo acting as his assistant.

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Pierce-Arrow from the 1930s. Probably what Tesla tested as an electric vehicle conversion.

Tesla's Special Generator and Pierce-Arrow Demonstration


    Most solar powered devices run off of a battery of energy storage cells rather than taking electricity directly from the solar panel. The solar panel recharges the battery and the solar powered device runs directly from the battery. Yet, my design requires so little power that I can get away with eliminating all batteries! Instead, I take electricity directly from a micro mini, solar panel powering a high frequency, sine wave generator at a cost derived from the ambient lighting surrounding this device.

    Since I run off of inspiration, I haven't had much to say concerning Tesla's Pierce-Arrow. But I've been busy writing a book on a motorized transformer - as well as translating it into Spanish to help with my grammar - which led to this present insight: that Tesla's Special Generator is the solid-state version of Tesla's Pierce-Arrow demonstration of 1931.

    Byron Brubaker is a cool guy. Trained as an electrical engineer, confidant to Joseph Newman, and going by the moniker of MX6Maximus on YouTube and Facebook, has given me a few gems of electrical wisdom during our conversations. One is a variation of the Tesla Pierce-Arrow story which I've never heard before...

    The reason why Peter Savo was asked to accompany Tesla to Buffalo, New York, was - not to serve as a witness, but - to keep an eye on the pressure gauge on the dashboard and notify Tesla the moment it rose beyond a certain safe limit. Byron claims he was pressurizing a condenser (called, capacitors nowadays) utilizing this patent, called: “Nikola Tesla U.S. Patent 577,671 - Manufacture of Electrical Condensers, Coils and Similar Devices”.

    I didn't have the opportunity to use this concept in any of my simulations until now.

    By assuming that pressurization of the dielectric material of a capacitor equates to its increase of equivalent series resistance, raising a capacitor's series resistance in Micro-Cap led to a greater stability of the circuit I was working on, yesterday, intended for my latest book linked to, above.

    The problem I was having was that the circuit, in the course of adding more components to its simulation to enable successful rotation of a motor shaft, was exploding to infinite gain as a runaway surge condition. That was merely one type of error the simulator gave me, calling it: “Matrix is singular”. {I've had to learn by trial and error what Micro-Cap's cryptic messages mean to me instead of whatever its software designers intended them to mean!} The only way to prevent this error from occurring was to make a capacitor into a generator to serve as a voltage regulator. {The removal of this capacitor was the easy way to solve this problem. Yet, its inclusion ironed out the spiky gaps in the D/C output at the motor (load) coil and was the whole point to its necessity.} Since adding equivalent series resistance to a capacitor is the same as converting the capacitor into a current source (by way of it becoming a negative resistor), this led to the suppression of any new surge in this isolated section of the overall circuit. And since the circuit was already inspiring the creation of a surging condition elsewhere and under stable management, I didn't need any new instigation to destabilize an otherwise stable condition. Hence, the need for increasing the resistive presence of this peculiar variation of a capacitor. HINT..... I had to raise what would normally be my default series resistance for ceramic capacitors of 10 milli-Ohms to an unthinkable Mega-Ohm if it weren't for Byron's discussion to me several weeks ago. 

    This did the job. I simulated a ten second duration taking hours of computer time and consuming 4 Giga bytes on my harddrive to store the simulator's data file for tracing the circuit's oscilloscope output.

    At one kilo-Ohm of ESR, the simulator succeeded at calculating a 300 milli second duration. But when raised to ten seconds, it bombed out with its standard error message indicating to me that I had to raise the ESR yet again by an arbitrary factor of one thousand (for convenience's sake).

    So, I don't know if 1 Meg-Ohm is necessary or I might get away with something smaller, such as: 100 kilo-Ohms or 10 kilo-Ohms? I really don't care at this point.... The fact is, I succeeded with my quest to make my design for an overunity circuit capable of turning a motor shaft.

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Oscillating Earth Battery

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Peter Savo was NOT Tesla's Nephew. He was his Assistant!

Someone had to keep an eye on the pressure gauge, located on the dashboard! What was being pressurized? A capacitor to raise its series resistance above the character of its dielectric.


Because Tesla had a customized circuit to handle his aluminum battery!

Anthony Craddock sells a video series over at...

One of its discs focuses on John Bedini giving a talk on his friendly relationship with John Cejka who investigated various technologies.

One of these technologies was an aluminum battery.

There is also a very unpopular version of Tesla's Pierce-Arrow story floating around the internet which does not insist on it having been a radio reception of power experiment. Instead, it was a battery with plates that were so easy to replace, a child could do it in a matter of a few minutes with enough space in the trunk to store a year's supply of driving!


"Another one of his great inventions was the electric car. He built the first one in 1897 and he drove from New York City to Buffalo, New York and it had an average speed of 94 miles an hour. This car, if it was built today, would cost one-cent a mile to operate and it would cost practically nothing for repairs because apart from the mechanical parts, that is to say the wheels and the steering apparatus where they would compose the only moving parts, the engine in this electric car is a small alternating current motor which runs at the tremendous speed of thirty thousand rpm and this is reduced to eighteen hundred by means of a fluid transmission, also the invention of Tesla. The whole electric car is a magnificent piece of work and it could be put in use today and save the public hundreds of billions of dollars now wasted in gasoline and oil and spare parts. I could give a few details about this electric car. You see, it does not use a storage battery. It uses the special primary battery and if you know anything about primary batteries you’ll know that the only part of a primary battery which fails is the negative plate. Any little dry cells you use for your flashlight, for instance, is the zinc which gives way, and when that gives way the battery goes dead. Well now, Tesla invented a completely new kind of primary battery and in this primary battery, if the negative plate wears out, it can be replaced even by a child in a few seconds. And the battery, when installed in this electric car, will run that car five hundred miles before the battery needs to be attended to. And when the battery does need to be attended to it would take you ten minutes to remedy whatever is going on and the spare parts are all in the trunk. You have enough spare parts to keep that battery running twelve months of the year. You do not have to stop at the service station. You could run five hundred miles for instance at seventy five miles per hour, if you were allowed to do it of course, but you could run this car say fifty or sixty miles an hour right across the country and probably not have to stop more than fifteen minutes to attend to the batteries."

My hypothesis is that an aluminum plate decomposes into clay upon its reaction with quartz sand. This sand, also known as silicon dioxide, liberates electrons much like the negative terminal of a battery (also known as its cathode). All of this sits immersed within a suitable electrolyte, such as: sodium or potassium hydroxide, or common table salt. Salt may not be ideal since the chloride ion may corrode everything else including the battery's electrodes!

This aluminum plate is given a monetary charge of current passing through it from end to end to initiate its decomposition and electrical reaction with the sand. A special circuit is used to convert this high current, low voltage into a type more suited for a conventional motor.

That's all for now. Check back, from time to time, for updates!

Oscillating Earth Battery

The image, above, is an oscillating earth battery. It will freeze up the simulator (at first) when you snap the switch to give it a momentary charge from its 700 milli volt battery.

Not to worry....

Just restart the simulation by clicking on the red "Run / STOP" button in the upper right-hand corner and, then, wait a few more seconds for this circuit to begin its 250 Hz oscillations.

The 100 micro Ohm resistors represent solder joints.

BTW, click on the image, above, to view its animated GIF image.


oscillating earth battery


Download Paul Falstad's, JavaScript Simulator for Your PC is all inclusive at over 13 Mega bytes and contains the simulator without series resistance for its caps and coils outfitted for your PC. It includes Paul Falstad's circuits (current to March of 2017), plus my most significant experiments developed over the past year including the latest simulation of Tesla's Pierce-Arrow EV. This zip file can also be downloaded from:

REALSIM4(*).zip is the latest development including series resistance for caps and coils. I will no longer be updating, but will continue to update REALSIM4(*).zip from time to time along with and on rare occasion: and are collections of our circuits.

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