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Tesla is suing five former employees for stealing trade secrets in what looks like ridiculously obvious fashion. 

On Wednesday evening, Tesla filed two lawsuits against former employees and the self-driving startup Zoox, as spotted by The Verge. In the first case, it accuses four ex-employees of porting over “proprietary information and trade secrets” to Zoox. And in the second, it accuses one employee of stealing Tesla’s Autopilot source code, and bringing it over to Xiaopeng Motors (XPeng).

The theft, according to Tesla, was “blatant and intentional.” From the filings, it certainly seems that way. Read more…

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Fisker unveils plans for $40,000 electric SUV to compete with Tesla Model Y

Several years ago, Fisker was considered a viable Tesla competitor — but after problems with its Karma electric luxury sedan, it slipped out of the limelight. 

But on Monday, the company from iconic car designer Henrik Fisker, announced it was ready to take on Tesla again. It unveiled an unnamed electric SUV priced at $40,000. It’s supposed to be the first of three “affordable” electric vehicles coming from the car maker.

Although details are scarce this early in the process, Fisker made the announcement just days after Tesla unveiled its Model Y compact SUV. The pricing for Tesla’s newest car? It starts at $39,000.  Read more…

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