Nicola claims 2 billion from Tesla for violating patents
American electric truck builder Nikola has filed at the Arizona court a damage claim of 2 billion dollar against its competitor Tesla for violating its patents, press agency Bloomberg reported. Meanwhile Tesla faces the biggest quarterly loss ever, but continues to say ‘no worries’.
Aerodynamic parts ‘copied’
According to the Salt Lake City-based company, Tesla would have used certain parts on its Semi-Truck that looks to have been ‘copied’ from the patented ones from Nikola. Especially wind deflectors, doors and aerodynamic parts. Nicola says Tesla wouldn’t respond when pointed out the resemblance.
Nikola, named like its competitor after Nicola Tesla (1856-1943), the inventor of the alternating current generator, was founded four years ago to develop electric heavy trucks, capable of riding long distances.
2.000 km range on hydrogen
In 2016 already the company presented its Nikola One, developed with German automotive supplier Bosch. The electric truck equipped with a fuel cell, should be able to drive between 1.200 and 2.000 km without refueling and is forecast for 2020. Nikola claims to have already 6,3 billion dollar worth of orders and options from clients.
In November last year Tesla CEO Elon Musk presented the Tesla e-Semi, a full electric 40 ton truck with a range of 600 to 800 kilometres on battery power. It is a futuristic looking vehicle with the driver sitting in a centre position, with two fixed touch screens in front of him. It is kept ‘as narrow as possible’ to improve aerodynamics.
Biggest quarterly loss ever
Meanwhile Tesla faces other ‘bad weather’ with the biggest quarterly loss ever: 709 million dollar compared to 330 in the same period last year. Nevertheless, there is nothing to worry about, according to Tesla, that has kept its production previsions for the Model 3 on Wednesday at the same level: 5.000 per week within two months.
In April 2.270 Model 3 cars per week were built, but Tesla says the major problems at the battery factory in Arizona and the assembly plant in Fremont (California) have been addressed and is confident production will speed up.
Turnover has gone up with 20% to 3,41 billion dollar, due to the delivery of 29.980 cars. Musk assured last month the company “will start making money in the second half of the year”.