Tesla's Electric Car: The Pierce-Arrow automobile. Tesla used tubes, wires, resistors, a cicuit box, an AC motor, and two rods. 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 the AC motor, was driven to speeds of 90 m.p.h. and performed better than any internal combustion engine of its day! When asked where the power came from, Tesla replied, "From the ether all around us".