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Nikola patented a stolen truck design, Tesla claims in legal response

Nikola Chairman Trevor Milton unveils the Nikola One truck in December 2016. Nikola A sketch of Adriano Mudri’s Road Runner design. Tesla / Adriano Mudri An image of Mudri’s design included in Tesla’s lawsuit. Tesla The Tesla Semi. Tesla The Concept S, a 2010 design from the German company MAN, has important similarities to Nikola’s …

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Nikola stock plunges 26% after fraud claims complicate hydrogen plans

Enlarge / A Nel/Nikola refueling pump is shown in a 2019 publicity photo. Nikola Motor Company Shares of hydrogen truck startup Nikola plunged 26 percent on Wednesday after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company was struggling to find partners to build a planned network of hydrogen fueling stations. Nikola’s stock closed at $21.15 on …

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Everything we know about Volkswagen’s $40,000 ID.4 electric crossover

This is our first look at the 2021 VW ID.4, the brand’s new battery-electric crossover. Jonathan Gitlin The ID.4 will start at $39,995, but this fully loaded 1st Edition will cost $43,995. Volkswagen The addition of brightwork to the front of the car improves looks compared to the camouflaged ID CROZZ concept we’ve seen previously. …

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Porsche boosts battery capacity by 27 percent for 2021 Panamera hybrid

Porschephiles will see the subtly different bumper on this Panamera sedan and identify it as a 2021 model, fresh from a midlife facelift. Jonathan Gitlin The refresh fixed one of my chief complaints about the Panamera by replacing the old multifunction steering wheel with this new one. Porsche The midlife refresh also applies to the …

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Nikola founder abruptly resigns amid fraud allegations

Enlarge / Nikola Chairman Trevor Milton unveils the Nikola One truck in December 2016. Nikola Trevor Milton, founder of electric truck startup Nikola, resigned his job as executive chairman of the company on Sunday—effective immediately. Nikola’s stock plunged after the news and is currently trading at around $28 per share, which is down 18 percent. Milton’s resignation …

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Turn up the sport, turn down the utility: The 2020 BMW X5 M and X6 M

BMW has given the current X5 and X6 SUVs the M treatment. BMW The X5 M, looking shiny outside some of Arizona’s finest midcentury architecture. BMW The differences between the X5 M and X6 M are really just cosmetic. BMW You can have the interior of either upholstered like a storm trooper. BMW I don’t …

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Tesla wins key ruling in legal battle against former employee

Enlarge / The Tesla Gigafactory under construction in 2016. Tripp would start work there the following year. Troy Harvey/Bloomberg via Getty Images A federal judge in Nevada has thrown out a defamation case by former Tesla employee Martin Tripp against his former employer. At the same time, Judge Miranda Du refused to dismiss Tesla’s charge …

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Safety driver in 2018 Uber crash is charged with negligent homicide

Enlarge / The Uber vehicle after it struck Elaine Herzberg. Tempe Police Department An Arizona grand jury has indicted Rafaela Vasquez, a former safety driver in Uber’s self-driving car project, for the 2018 death of pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona. Prosecutors decided not to charge Uber criminally last year. The crash occurred after dark …

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GM has no reason to back out of its one-sided deal with Nikola

Enlarge / Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, in 2019. Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images GM CEO Mary Barra on Monday signaled that the company is standing by its deal to produce Nikola’s Badger pickup truck. “The company has worked with a lot of different partners and we’re a very capable team that has …

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War Stories: How Forza learned to love neural nets to train AI drivers

Produced by Justin Wolfson, edited by Shandor Garrison. Click here for transcript. Once an upstart, the Forza franchise is now firmly established within the pantheon of great racing games. The first installment was created as the Xbox’s answer to Gran Turismo, but with a healthy helping of online multiplayer racing, too. Since then, it has …

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