On Nikola Tesla's birthday, Elon Musk gives quite a gift

Happy 158th birthday, Nikola Tesla! To celebrate, Elon Musk agrees to give a chunk of money and a Tesla Supercharging station to the Nikola Tesla Museum.

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Back in May, Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal series of Web comics, made a public plea to Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk to donate a large sum of money to help make the Nikola Tesla project a reality. On Thursday, which coincidentally would be Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday, Musk answered the plea with a very generous donation.

On his blog, Inman announced that Musk will be donating $1 million to a Nikola Tesla museum, and will be putting a Tesla Supercharging station in the museum's parking lot. Yep, anyone who brings a Model S to the future museum at Wardenclyffe Tower in East Shoreham, N.Y., will be able to keep it juiced using technology Nikola Tesla helped make possible.

The donation brings Inman ever closer to raising the $8 million he'll need to hire staff and get the museum to a point where it's consumer-ready.

Happy Nikola Tesla day, everyone. The Tesla museum just got closer to becoming a reality.

 

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