Tesla Reportedly Knew About Dyson’s Electric Car Two Years Ago

A number of people were surprised when Dyson, a company best known for making vacuums, announced it was developing an electric vehicle.

While many were caught off guard, Tesla certainly wasn’t as Bloomberg is reporting the two companies engaged in a lengthy legal battle that started in 2015.

According to the publication, an engineer named Pierre Pellerey was working at Dyson and accepted a job offer from Tesla in March of 2015. Pellerey didn’t inform Dyson about his decision to leave the company as the offer was conditional on him getting a visa to work in the United States.

The process of getting a visa took longer than expected and Pellerey was still working at Dyson when he was called into a secret meeting to discuss the company’s electric vehicle which was known as “Project E.” Pellerey told the court he felt “uncomfortable” about this development but decided not to say anything as he was afraid “it would have compromised my future prospects at Dyson should Tesla have not confirmed an unconditional job offer with me.”

In June, Tesla offered Pellerey a job in Europe which eliminated his problems with getting a visa. He informed Dyson he was leaving but the company’s lawyers sent him a letter saying he couldn’t work for Tesla for a year because his “proposed new employer is engaged in the same type of business as the business comprised in Project E.”

Pellerey then showed the letter to Tesla associate general counsel Yusuf Mohamed which effectively informed the automaker that Dyson was working on an electric vehicle. Mohamed said he didn’t show the letter to anyone else at Tesla but a judge eventually decided that “Tesla must … have deduced that Dyson is working on an electric car project.”

Dyson won an injunction which prevented Pellerey from working at Tesla for nine months but it lost its attempt to prevent Pellerey from using its confidential information. Pellerey eventually joined Tesla and reportedly still works there.

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  • LWOAP

    Ok, so Tesla knew Dyson was working on an EV before everyone else.

    I don’t see what the big deal is. If they tried to undermine Dyson’s attempt or something then I could understand but they didn’t. They knew about it and that’s the end of that. I fail to see how this is news to anyone.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Tesla’s stock collapsing, huge and increasing debt, fired workers, and key engineers leaving is the REAL NEWS. Let’s report about that!

    • Vassilis

      The big deal is that Pellerey may have brought innovative ideas from Dyson which gave an advantage to Tesla.

  • TheBelltower

    Dyson probably should have had employees sign a noncompete agreement. Electrical engineers are in very high demand among EV automakers. Clearly Tesla, BMW, Lucid, Nissan and all the others would be courting these people.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Tesla not courting anyone. Didn’t you see the news in the last week (never really reported on here, of course) that Tesla laid off hundreds of workers and their stock is collapsing? Bye bye taxpayer handouts = the death knew for Tesla as it cannot survive on its own.

      • Why is this troll still allowed to post? Same brainless crap under each Tesla related news. Tesla share is so much crashing that it’s at $306.

      • TheBelltower

        It was widely reported everywhere. They laid off 2% of their workforce. Hardly a big deal. Tesla doesn’t want workers to unionize. The stock price has doubled in the past year. I’m fine if it dips a bit more, so that I can buy it up cheap before they start mass production of the 3, the Y and the next roadster

    • Sébastien
  • Moveon Libtards

    Tesla is evil…and failing. Firing hundreds of workers, stock crashing, overwhelmed with debt even though they accepted hundreds of millions in American taxpayer dollars, chief battery engineer just left, which was preceded by the CFO leaving…

    Dyson is a well-run company that might actually have a chance. Will be great to see what they have up their sleeve. They have been very secretive about it….I am sure Tesla is worried.

    • Kagan

      They can just hire Tesla expertise.

  • BlackPegasus

    Wow cool story.

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