Honoring Nikola Tesla
Elon Musk didn’t have a say in the name. He joined the company after it had been incorporated.
Tesla’s name was thought up by cofounder Martin Eberhard.
He’d been pitching his girlfriend Carolyn on names for several months. Unsuccessfully.
In early 2003 he finally found the perfect name. Martin and Carolyn were sitting in the Blue Bayou, a restaurant in Disneyland, when he said: “What about Tesla Motors?”
With this name Martin Eberhard wanted to honor Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-American inventor that developed AC induction motor, which the new car company planned on using.
And the rest, as they say, is history…