Tesla’s Acquisition Of Wireless Charging Startup Hints At Upcoming Wireless EV Chargers
Tesla has bought a German startup that is been working on wireless car charging, it’s been confirmed.
The move comes as Tesla is thought to be working on making its own wireless charging system that would allow electric vehicles to be charged without first plugging them in.
To make that happen Tesla has bought Wiferion, a company that had already been rumored to be on the company’s shopping list.
Information hasn’t been made available as to how much changed hands, but Electrek suggests that a figure between $50 million and $100 million is the most likely.
However, as the publication also notes, wireless car charging doesn’t necessarily deal with any of the real pain points of electric motoring.
The problem wireless charging solves is not a major one. It alleviates needing to plug in your car, which is not a super difficult or time-consuming task. Nonetheless, Tesla has previously talked about automating the task in order to be ready for self-driving technology. If the cars could drive themselves, it would make sense for them to be able to charge themselves without a human needing to plug them in.
It remains to be seen how Tesla integrates its new company and its technology into the larger corporation, not to mention if and when we cane expect the wireless charging technology to find its way into future Tesla EVs.