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Tesla has sold its recently acquired wireless charging company, Wiferion. It is believed that the original purpose of the purchase may have been to acquire talent in the field.
This summer, it became known that Tesla had been in the process of purchasing the German company, Wiferion, which develops wireless chargers for electric vehicles. Wiferion had to transfer its business to Tesla International B.V. The company is a subsidiary of Tesla operating out of the Netherlands, according to registration in the German trade register. Wiferion investors confirmed that the company is in the process of being sold, but did not say who the buyer is.
As of summer, the company was already active in the US, possibly thanks to a global licensing agreement with WiTricity signed last year. After reaching an agreement with WiTricity, Wiferion presented a prototype Tesla Model 3. It can be charged with up to 11 kilowatts of power through the Halo wireless charging system. This gives a range increase of about 35-40 miles per hour. The company said that this charger is on par with level 2 AC plug-in chargers.
In March, during Investor Day 2023, Tesla already announced wireless charging. The company showed a car with a floor platform underneath. There was a charger on the wall connected to a floor platform. In this light, buying the wireless charging company Wiferion was a logical step.
However, German publication mobiFlip reported on Wednesday that Tesla sold Wiferion to Puls, which has now founded Puls Wireless. According to assumptions, Tesla received the company's talents, which were engaged in developments in the area, and the business itself became unnecessary. That would explain the quick buying and selling, especially since the Texas manufacturer has been working for some time on a solution for a more convenient way to charge electric vehicles that do not require human assistance. It is part of a broader effort to deploy a fleet of robotaxis that will operate without a human driver.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.