For nearly two-and-a-half decades, an everyday Silicon Valley engineer has owned the domain name Tesla.com. That streak of internet glory is over. Elon Musk has grabbed it, replacing his car company’s clunkier TeslaMotors.com.
Bloomberg reports that engineer and Nikola Tesla admirer Stu Grossman has apparently owned the domain since 1992, a long-ago claimed personal site that’s been sitting largely inactive. However, Tesla has confirmed it now owns the name. Which is good for Tesla, because their electric cars keep getting more popular. Obviously, they’d prefer that people see those cars instead of some site about an awesome scientist, when they type Tesla.com into their browser.
The details of how exactly Tesla acquired the domain remain unclear. Maybe Elon Musk wrote a big check. Maybe Stu Grossman got a free car. In any case, it’s a shame. The ’90s-era Tesla fan site was awesome.