Tesla acquires German wireless charging startup Wiferion

Is Tesla planning to go wireless? The company has long touted autonomous driving technology, which will require some form of automated charging. In 2015, Tesla showed a prototype of a gee-whiz “snake charger.” In 2017, there were rumors that it was working on a ground-mounted automated conductive charger.

This March, Tesla teased what appeared to be a wireless EV charging system, feeding speculation that it had come around to the wireless way. Now the suspicions have been confirmed—Tesla has agreed to acquire Wiferion, a German startup that provides inductive charging technology.

Wiferion was founded in 2016, and says it has deployed over 8,000 chargers, mostly for industrial robots. In 2022, Wiferion announced a global licensing agreement with wireless charging pioneer WiTricity.

Electrek estimates that the cost of the acquisition will be between 50 and 100 million dollars.

Sources: Teslarati, Electrek

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