As you know, this spring the Nikola Motor Company sued Tesla, demanding $2 billion. According to the plaintiff, the competitor copied the design of his Nikola One hydrogen truck, creating his Tesla Semi electric truck. More specifically, it allegedly borrowed the shape of the cabin and the design of the windshield and door.
This week, the situation was reversed: Tesla responded with a mirror claim in which it claimed that it was Nikola who stole the design of its truck. The source notes that the lawsuit was shaky from the start, given that these design elements were known for decades, even before Nikola and Tesla.
The Tesla lawsuit followed another strike against Nikola. Previously, Hindenburg Research had filed charges against Tesla. The latter claims that, contrary to public statements, Nikola does not possess any revolutionary or patented technology relating to batteries and hydrogen fuel cells, as evidenced by the fact that Nikola uses the Ultium battery system developed by GM and Hydrotec’s fuel cell technology in its Badger pickup truck. In addition, Nikola has been accused of using deliberate deception as a method of working.
Nikola tried to fix the situation by getting rid of the loudspeaker-driven executive chairman Trevor Milton. However, the company’s shares fell by more than 25% and the next day by another 11%.