There’s by no means any scarcity of drama with Tesla.
If it’s not concerns over the production levels of its Model 3 sedan, it’s controversy over the possible role of Tesla technology in a fatal car crash. If it’s not one of Tesla’s top executives leaving for another Silicon Valley titan, it’s Wall Street questioning if (or possibly, when) the company might run out of cash.
And by no means thoughts the current GoFundMe marketing campaign to buy Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk a new couch. CEOs must have a spot to sleep, ?
Now, there’s a $2 billion lawsuit so as to add to the combo.
On Tuesday, hydrogen electric-truck firm Nikola Motor filed a swimsuit searching for $2 billion in damages from Tesla on the grounds that the electrical carmaker stole Nikola’s patented expertise to assist it develop its personal electrical semi truck.
(And sure, you learn that proper: Nikola is suing Tesla. Nikola Tesla himself have to be rolling over in his grave at that one.)
Salt Lake City-based Nikola filed the swimsuit in Arizona federal courtroom, saying it obtained six design patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office between February and April 2018 for issues such because the truck’s wraparound windshield, mid-entry door, fuselage, fender, aspect cladding and the general design of the truck, which Nikola calls the Nikola One.
A Tesla spokesperson dismissed Nikola Motor’s allegations: “It’s patently obvious there is no merit to this lawsuit.”
Tesla unveiled the Tesla Semi final fall, and in March, the corporate ran the truck on its first commercial cargo trip between the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada and the corporate’s manufacturing plant in Fremont.
The lawsuit comes as Tesla is ready to report its first-quarter outcomes after the shut of buying and selling Wednesday. Analysts estimate Tesla will report a of loss of $three.37 a share on $three.27 billion in income, in comparison with a loss of $1.33 on gross sales of $2.7 billion within the year-ago interval.