Tesla Says Rivian Steals ‘Trade Secrets’ From ‘Next Generation Battery’ In Growing Lawsuit – .

Tesla Says Rivian Steals ‘Trade Secrets’ From ‘Next Generation Battery’ In Growing Lawsuit – .

Tesla, who is already suing Rivian and former employees hired by the electric pickup startup, is extend its legal action against the company.

He now claims Rivian is stealing his “trade secrets” in battery technology.

Rivian has been one, if not the most serious of electric vehicle startups since Tesla, and one of the reasons the company is seen as a more serious new entry into what is becoming an increasingly crowded space is its tendency to follow in Tesla’s footsteps.

The company has taken several steps that many EV experts, including ourselves, have Electrek, the thought has contributed significantly to Tesla’s success in the EV space.

For example, Tesla has deployed its own network of fast charging stations, the Supercharger network.

Rivian has announced plans to deploy its own fast charging network, which will allow its owners to depend less on third-party public chargers.

Tesla is also forgoing the third-party franchise model for sales and service that is standard for cars in North America.

Instead, the automaker opted to roll out its own network of company-owned stores and service centers, as well as use mobile technicians.

Earlier this year, Rivian announced almost the exact same model.

These are all moves that we believe contributed to Tesla’s success and should help Rivian as well, but now Tesla believes Rivian is more than following in his footsteps.

Last year, Tesla filed a lawsuit against Rivian for allegedly stealing trade secrets by hiring former Tesla employees and encouraging them to bring documents.

Rivian has denied the allegations.

At the time Tesla filed the complaint, it was unclear exactly which trade secrets Tesla was claiming Rivian was stealing, but we did note that the employees listed in the lawsuits were two recruiters, an EHS manager and a Tesla charging networks manager. .

The automaker claimed the employees brought “documents consisting of highly sensitive trade secrets, confidential and proprietary engineering information” when they went to work at Rivian.

Tesla has now extended its legal action to more specific allegations of theft of trade secrets.

He filed to add new claims that Rivian is “stealing the core technology of its next-generation batteries” (via Bloomberg):

The world’s leading electric vehicle maker says the lawsuit it filed against Rivian 14 months ago hasn’t stopped the startup from looting its staff and looting its intellectual property. This includes a case this summer where Tesla defectors were “caught in the act” stealing the core technology of its next-generation batteries, “the most essential element for any electric vehicle,” according to a file. court last month.

Tesla added the new claims to the lawsuit just as Rivian prepares for the first deliveries of its R1T electric pickup truck.

The automaker criticized them for not having delivered the vehicle yet:

“Now apparently under pressure from investors after nearly a dozen years without producing a single utility vehicle, Rivian has stepped up its illegal efforts …”

It also comes as Rivian files a public offering that would value them between $ 80 billion and $ 100 billion.

By adding these new claims, Tesla is now adding five more former employees to the lawsuits.

A judge overseeing the case in California agreed to add the new claims to the lawsuit.

Rivian has yet to comment on the new allegations.

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