Musk pledges $1 million to help build Tesla Science Center

Musk: Pledged $1 million to the Tesla Science Center, a museum to be built on the site of 20th-century inventor Nikola Tesla’s lab on Long Island in New York. Photo credit: BLOOMBERG

Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk pledged $1 million to the Tesla Science Center, a museum to be built on the site of 20th-century inventor Nikola Tesla’s lab on Long Island in New York.

Tesla is known for his part in the design of the alternating current electricity supply system and his experiments with wireless power transmission.

The pledge, unveiled Thursday, coincides with what would have been Tesla’s 158th birthday. He died in 1943 at age 86.

In addition to the $1 million donation, Musk will install a supercharger station on the museum site.

Tesla’s supercharger network passed a charging milestone in June by delivering more than 1 gigawatt hour of energy to Model S cars, according to a blog post from the company on Thursday.

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