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“Ridiculous” is the way Kleiner Perkins VC and Fisker Automotive investor Ray Lane described the lawsuit filed against the car maker last week by competitor Tesla Automotive. Tesla is accusing Fisker of stealing design ideas and trade secrets, but Lane says Tesla’s just trying to generate […]

“Ridiculous” is the way Kleiner Perkins VC and Fisker Automotive investor Ray Lane described the lawsuit filed against the car maker last week by competitor Tesla Automotive. Tesla is accusing Fisker of stealing design ideas and trade secrets, but Lane says Tesla’s just trying to generate PR.

Lane went on to make the somewhat weird argument that “Henrik Fisker wouldn’t know a drivetrain from a glass of water. He is a car designer and doesn’t really deal with the drivetrain aspects.” Playing it dumb might be a good approach, but we thought the suit was less about drivetrains and more about design elements.

On the subject of Fisker’s design vs. Tesla’s design, Lane says:

There is nothing similar at all. Tesla is a tiny Roadster, you can almost put it on this table. Fisker is a very large car, a large sedan. One is a plug-in hybrid, and Tesla has always been designing an electric vehicle. Magna, a very large supplier, has sued Tesla, and in their suit has said, ‘We contracted to deliver transmissions to you for an electric vehicle.’ We can go on and on and on.

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  4. steve, inventor of solar carports, I am the one of the 100,00 garage type inventor Wednesday, October 8, 2008

    When these boys grow up and stop sueing each other, maybe they will use or partner with my solar electric carport start-up to recharge their customers eelctric cars ..or do you think they might steal that design from me…too!

  5. steve, inventor of solar carports, I am the one of the 100,00 garage type inventor Wednesday, October 8, 2008

    regarding the former email..(www.iportz.com)

  6. I agree that the bickering and sueing is ridiculous. I would never want to do business with a company that acts that way. They can’t be trusted. Life is too short. By the way that solar carport idea is really interesting, do business with honest people though.

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