Feeds

Tesla claims founder's lawsuit is 'fiction'

Opening broadsides in electrocar kingpin wrangle

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Spokespersons for electrocar company Tesla Motors - makers of the renowned Roadster li-ion battery sports car - have roundly disparaged a lawsuit mounted against the company and its helmsman, colourful space-rocket kingpin and PayPal hecamillionaire Elon Musk.

Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard, ousted as CEO of the firm in 2007, alleges that he has been slandered and libelled by Musk since his departure. He adds that financial and production problems with the Roadster were not his doing but Musk's, and further contends that his promised "Founder's Series" Roadster was not supplied. Rather he was given an ordinary Roadster which had been "wrecked" in a collision by a company employee.

Eberhard has mounted suit for unspecified damages against Musk and Tesla in California's superior court.

A Tesla spokesperson, contacted yesterday for comment by the Reg, supplied us with this statement:

This lawsuit is a fictionalized account of Tesla's early years - it's twisted and wrong, and we welcome the opportunity to set the record straight. As the media have already covered exhaustively, Tesla’s full board of directors unanimously fired Martin shortly after discovering that the cost of the car was more than twice what Martin portrayed it to be at the time. Incidentally, Tesla will likely be filing counterclaims and in the process present an accurate account of the company's history.

Tesla says that Roadster production is now secure, following financial troubles remedied by cash injections from unnamed investors and then from Daimler, which now has a ten per cent stake in the company. Tesla also says it has profitable work supplying batteries and drivetrain tech to other makers.

It's possible to criticise the Roadster on certain aspects of its performance - mainly the lengthy charging period required after the battery runs down - and for its $100k price, which means it will never change the driving preferences of nations on its own. However it's one of very very few advanced-tech, new generation electric vehicles which are actually on the road in customers' hands, and for now Tesla's Roadster order book seems solid.

Whether or not Tesla can secure funds to build its planned Model S electrocar for everyman - the next stage of its and Musk's plan for an electrically propelled future - it now appears a safe bet that the firm will be around for the foreseeable future, and will have enough cash to make it worth suing.

Viewed in this way, Eberhard's lawsuit might actually be seen as a vote of confidence. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins
Exit Planet Dust on faster-than-light expansion of universe
SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...
Craft berths at space station with supplies, experiments, toys
That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN
One MEELLION years older. Some of it anyway
Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER
That's right, Doris, I've got biggest snout in the prehistoric world
Japanese volcano eruption reportedly leaves 31 people presumed dead
Hopes fade of finding survivors on Mount Ontake
Relive the death of Earth over and over again in Extinction Game
Apocalypse now, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.