Tesla faces $2 billion lawsuit for copying design of Semi-truck
Tesla announced its electric Semi Truck last year and has already started taking preorders, but Tesla might be in big trouble now as Nikola, a hybrid-tuck startup has filed up a lawsuit of $2 billion against Tesla for copyright infringement.
Nikola alleges that Tesla’s semi-truck design infringes many of its patents. In 2015 Nikola filed design patents for an electric semi-truck, these patents included a number of design features including wraparound windshield, mid-entry door, fuselage, fender, side cladding, and the overall design of a semi.
These are the features that are also included in the Tesla semi-truck and Tesla does not own any patents on this design.
Nikola claims at this point Tesla has not revealed any plans to develop a similar semi-truck. But in July 2016 Tesla announced that it was in early stages of development and it also tried to hire Nikola’s chief engineer. In December 2016 Nikola unveiled a prototype of Nikola One.
The lawsuit reads “On Nov. 7, Nikola sent Tesla a cease-and-desist letter that identified the semi-truck design features Nikola was patenting and demanded that Tesla not unveil its semi until Tesla’s infringement had been resolved, Tesla never responded.”