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Uh oh, Tesla Sues Rivian…

Tesla Sues Rivian

Uh oh, Tesla Sues Rivian…

In a move that is probably more to set a precedent than anything else, Tesla is suing EV truck rival Rivian for violating Trade Secrets law.  During the last little while, roughly 70 employees have left Tesla for Rivian, and Tesla is now claiming that several of these ex-employees who have jumped ship have brought with them valuable intellectual property and secrets that Telsa can’t abide by.

Rivian, although starting up around ten years ago, has been a little under the radar for some until the last few years when their product has come into the media’s focus.  With recent investments coming with Ford ($500M) and Amazon ($700M) and an overall fundraising of upwards of $5 Billion over it’s time, Rivian could stand to be a real competitor with Telsa, especially in the truck race.

Both companies can boast of impressive new technologies, but now it seems as if the competitive waters are going to turn choppy, starting with the legal end of things.

Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield of Transport Evolved has just made a very interesting video that dives into this drama.  To watch the full video, click here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSiBs1ZPR6c

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Munro Talks Tesla Model 3 Manufacturing, Model Y Wiring, and EV Competition with All Things EVs

Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro and Mark Ellis, senior lead design consultant, recently sat down with Sean Mitchell of All Things EV to discuss the Tesla Model 3, EV technology and manufacturing, and the upcoming Tesla Model Y.

The discussion covers a variety of topics, nicely outlined by Sean here:

  • What does Munro & Associates do? 1:06
  • What is your technical background? 3:03
  • What are traditional automakers doing well with EVs? 5:13
  • What pending EV are you most excited about? 11:38
  • Why are we not seeing more competitive range EVs from traditional OEMs? 13:57
  • Do EV makers need to create their own cells to be competitive? 16:22
  • Will Tesla get into the battery raw materials business? 22:01
  • Why is the Model 3 over-manufactured? 26:44
  • Is a 204 mile e-tron and 235 mile I-Pace viable for the luxury EV market? 31:25
  • What do you make of Rivian’s product and will Ford take advantage of their tech? 36:41
  • What did you discover between how Tesla and others approached overall design and manufacturing? 45:36
  • You’ve compared Tesla’s hardware tech to what you see in fighter jets, can you expound on that? 52:50

Interestingly, Sandy shares that Munro has plans to acquire and tear down an early Model Y. He’s most interested to see what changes Tesla has made to the body, as well as what the wiring looks as it’s reduced from over a kilometer to a few hundred meters.

Check out the full video here: https://youtu.be/i93VJ1PEp6o