Tesla Wants Apple’s Help In Lawsuit Against Employee Who Went To Xpeng

Tesla is looking for help from Apple as it pursues legal action against a former engineer who reportedly took thousands of highly confidential files from the company when he started working for Chinese automaker Xpeng.

Bloomberg reports that in the lawsuit, Tesla wants to see the engineer’s emails and have a forensic analysis conducted on his electronic devices. Tesla has served Apple with a subpoena as part of its ongoing legal action and while the lawsuit doesn’t state specifically what it wants from the world’s most valuable public company, the two brands do have a common enemy in Xpeng.

Also Read: Xpeng Says It Has Built 10,000 Units Of Its G3 Electric SUV

In July 2018, prosecutors charged a former hardware engineer from Apple’s autonomous vehicle development team of downloading proprietary files as he prepared to leave the company and work for Xpeng.

Lawyers for the former engineer being pursued by Tesla, Guangzhi Cao, have acknowledged that the man downloaded copies of the Californian automaker’s Autopilot-related source code to his personal iCloud account but denies any wrongdoing. The lawyers state that he “has done precisely nothing with Tesla’s IP” and “diligently and earnestly” tried to scrub all of Tesla’s source code from his personal devices.

Xpeng itself hasn’t been accused of wrongdoing by Apple or Tesla and denies any involvement in the alleged misconduct of the engineers in question. According to the company, it fired the former Apple engineer after it was notified that U.S. authorities were investigating the man, confirming that his computer and office equipment were secured and that he was immediately denied access to his work.


  • Bo Hanan

    Funny- the red SUV image for this article is what I would expect a Tesla SUV to look like. Not the oversized jelly beans that we got.

    • Joe

      That’s the Xpeng G3, it’s actually selling pretty well in China so far. Certainly looks a lot more familiarly car-like and better-proportioned than the Model X does.

  • Mr. EP9

    As more and more Chinese EV makers come onto the scene, I doubt this will be the last time we hear of this.

  • brn

    Xpeng denies any wrongdoing. It’s pure coincidence that people who take jobs with them steal intellectual properly from other companies.

    • db

      It is the Chinese way of doing business.

  • Liam Paul

    I like that red suv in the picture and oh yea , who cares about tesla

  • Sovereignty

    Tesla should think about hiring the car designer and stylists from Xpeng.

  • db


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