Tesla may have violated patent laws with its new semi.
Utah-based Nikola Motor Co filed the suit on Tuesday, claiming Tesla's semi looks "substantially" similar to the hydrogen-powered truck it introduced in late 2016. The suit claims Nikola was issued six design patents for its truck's "wrap windshield, mid-entry door, fuselage, fender, side cladding and the overall design," according to Reuters.
Nikola estimates the damages from Tesla's alleged design infringement exceed $2 billion.
Tesla, meanwhile, denies all claims in the lawsuit. "It's patently obvious there is no merit to this lawsuit," a Tesla spokesman told Reuters.
Tesla has not yet begun regular production of its semi-truck, but plans to do so next year.