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Nikola patented a stolen truck design, Tesla claims in legal response

Nikola patented a stolen truck design, Tesla claims in legal response

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Nikola Chairman Trevor Milton unveils the Nikola One truck in December 2016. A sketch of Adriano Mudri's Road Runner design. An image of Mudri's design included in Tesla's lawsuit. The Tesla Semi. The Concept S, a 2010 design from the German company MAN, has important similarities to Nikola's design, according to Tesla. Tesla says this…
Tesla wins key ruling in legal battle against former employee

Tesla wins key ruling in legal battle against former employee

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Enlarge / The Tesla Gigafactory under construction in 2016. Tripp would start work there the following year.Troy Harvey/Bloomberg via Getty Images A federal judge in Nevada has thrown out a defamation case by former Tesla employee Martin Tripp against his former employer. At the same time, Judge Miranda Du refused to dismiss Tesla's charge that…
Russian tourist offered employee $1 million to cripple Tesla with malware

Russian tourist offered employee $1 million to cripple Tesla with malware

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Tesla Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory was the target of a concerted plot to cripple the company’s network with malware, CEO Elon Musk confirmed on Thursday afternoon. The plan's outline was divulged on Tuesday in a criminal complaint that accused a Russian man of offering $1 million to the employee of a Nevada company, identified only as…
Little-known EV and lidar firms are raising billions in Tesla’s shadow

Little-known EV and lidar firms are raising billions in Tesla’s shadow

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Enlarge / The Nikola Two truck drives out on the stage at an April 2019 event. Lidar startup Luminar is going public, the company announced on Monday. Instead of going with a traditional IPO, Luminar is jumping on the latest Wall Street fad: merging with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). Merging with a SPAC allows…
Tesla stock reaches $2,000 amid soaring interest in EV companies

Tesla stock reaches $2,000 amid soaring interest in EV companies

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Enlarge / A Tesla facility in Lathrop, California. Tesla's stock closed at a record high of $2,000 on Thursday, pushing the company's market capitalization to $370 billion. Tesla has been on a weeklong rally since announcing a five-for-one stock split. The split will be distributed to anyone who holds the stock tomorrow—Friday, August 21. A…
Tesla research partnership progresses on new battery chemistry

Tesla research partnership progresses on new battery chemistry

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Enlarge / Here's what the lithium deposited at the anode looks like under a scanning electron microscope. Full charge in top row, depleted charge in bottom row. Electric vehicles have come a long way in terms of going a long way on a charge. But everyone is still seeking the next big jump in battery…
Electric car startup Lucid is challenging Tesla’s anti-lidar stance

Electric car startup Lucid is challenging Tesla’s anti-lidar stance

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Electric car startup Lucid doesn't like the phrase "Tesla killer," but the comparison is hard to avoid. The company raised $1 billion from Saudi Arabia two years ago and is working on the Lucid Air, a high-end battery electric sedan reminiscent of Tesla's Model S. Lucid is scheduled to officially unveil the car in September and…
Tesla sues Rivian for stealing secrets as electric car fight heats up

Tesla sues Rivian for stealing secrets as electric car fight heats...

Enlarge / Rivian's R1T truck.Rivian Tesla has sued competitor Rivian for theft of trade secrets. Tesla says that around 70 people have left Tesla for Rivian—including 22 in the last four months. And Tesla claims that several of those employees took confidential documents with them on their way out the door. Rivian has emerged as…
Tesla picks Texas, will redesign Model Y for European production

Tesla picks Texas, will redesign Model Y for European production

Enlarge / Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends an opening ceremony for Tesla China-made Model Y program in Shanghai, east China, Jan. 7, 2020Xinhua/Ding Ting via Getty Images On Tuesday afternoon, Tesla CEO Elon Musk answered questions from investors following the publication of the company's latest quarterly results. The headlines news is that Tesla has picked…
Tesla driver blames Autopilot for crash, faces negligent driving charge

Tesla driver blames Autopilot for crash, faces negligent driving charge

Enlarge / Tesla Model S driving on the freeway in Silicon Valley. A Massachusetts man is facing a negligent-driving charge after his Tesla slammed into a police car that was parked by the side of the road. According to a state trooper, the man had Tesla's Autopilot technology turned on and said that he "must…

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