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Nikola Sues Tesla on Infringement

Nikola Motor Company filed a lawsuit against Tesla Inc. on infringement of class 8 truck patents.  The lawsuit highlights that Tesla violates Nikola’s patents for the trucks fuselage design, mid-entry door, and wrap-around windshield.  The damages are claimed to be more than $2 billion by driving sales from Nikola to Tesla and causing confusion towards this corner of the market.  Nikola also claimed that Tesla is decreasing the ability to attract investors and partners.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday, just one day before it was released that Anheuser-Busch (AB InBev) pre-ordered 800 Nikola One Class 8 heavy duty trucks.  These trucks are powered by Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology, whereas Tesla’s class 8 truck is fully electric.  The deal is the largest purchase of hydrogen fuel cell trucks to date.  AB InBev plans to replace their entire dedicated long-haul truck fleet with zero emissions vehicles.  The agreement begins in 2020 when Nikola will start delivering trucks to roll into the fleet.  AB InBev will also be receiving an undisclosed amount for testing in 2019.  Nikola will have to deliver the entire fleet by 2025.

Marathon Petroleum to Buy Andeavor

Marathon Petroleum agreed to buy Andeavor, making them the largest oil refiner in the U.S. on a deal worth $23.3 billion.  With the shale boom and demand in both the U.S. and Latin America, this deal gives Marathon a leg up against not only U.S. refiners, but foreign competitors as well.  With this acquisition, Marathon will produce over 3mmbd of refined products surpassing Valero, who is producing just over 2mmbd.  Additionally, Andeavor’s access to the California ports will help Marathon’s prominent Gulf Coast business to sell lower-sulfur ship fuel.

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JOC: US retailer group blasts LA-LB PierPass flat fee proposal

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