A lawsuit has been filed against Tesla by hydrogen truck start-up Nikola Motor Company, alleging that Tesla’s all-electric Semi infringes on its patents.
According to the complaint, Tesla willfully copied Nikola’s patents in creating its electric truck, and as such, Nikola is seeking $2 billion in damages as a result of the infringement.
According to the complaint, alleges that there are similarities in the trucks’ front fenders, and cites other similarities as it relates to other parts including the wraparound windshields, mid-entry doors, aerodynamic fuselage (with similar drag coefficients), and more as evidence of Tesla’s alleged infringement. It also claims that a recruiter for Tesla, Aaron Hoyos, tried to poach Nikola’s chief engineer just a few months after the startup unveiled its hydrogen semi truck, as evidence that Tesla was aware of Nikola’s design features.
Nikolai claims that it sent a cease and desist letter to Tesla on last November asking the company to delay its announcement until the issue was resolved, but that it never received a response from Tesla.
Nikola is seeking $2 billion in damages, stating that Tesla’s truck is causing “confusion in the market,” and has harmed its ability to attract potential investors and partners because they can now partner with Tesla to have an alternative fuel semi-truck.