Tesla Sues German Supplier for Misrepresentation of Falcon Wing Mechanism
Suit Claims Supplier Failed to Meet Tesla’s Standards for Function, Reliability
Electric startup automaker Tesla always seems to be at the center of drama in the automotive sector, whether it’s a matter of its factory-direct sales model that has raised the ire of state and national dealer associations, battery fires, or delays in introducing highly anticipated new models. The latest installment in the serial soap opera is a federal lawsuit by the California automaker against German supplier Hoerbiger, claiming the supplier misrepresented the capabilities and functions of its design for Tesla’s now-famous “Falcon Wing” rear doors. Additionally, Tesla’s suit is asking for protection from any further claims from Hoerbiger for additional payments, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Tesla paid Hoerbiger $3 million for prototype parts and engineering. According to reports, the Hoerbiger components leaked oil, did not raise the doors uniformly, and failed to meet Tesla’s internal quality standards. The Model X crossover, which was originally scheduled to go on sale in late 2013, just came to market in late 2015. Although Tesla is not specifically saying whether or not the Falcon Wing door supplier issue is the cause for the delay, the company had to scrap the original Hoerbiger-supplied hinge design and go with a different design and supplier, likely resulting in a delay of the vehicle’s debut.
Source: Wall Street Journal