Tesla has already sold the company specializing in induction charging that it acquired last August. But the American manufacturer has one idea in mind.
If Tesla had never really communicated about induction charging, it was a bit of a surprise that the Californian manufacturer picked us up last March for its Investor Day. And even there, it was half-hearted, and you had to be careful: it was in a photo broadcast in the background that you could see the back of a Tesla Model S Plaid in a garage. Next to which, a Tesla home charging station. But above all, under which, a panel strangely resembling an induction charging system.
We then did not have to wait long for things to become clearer since after rumors in June, it was in August that Elon Musk’s firm confirmed the purchase of a German company called Wiferion specialized in wireless charging. That made it more concrete. Yes, except that barely two months later, Tesla has already separated from the start-up in question… Well, not at all.
Wiferion leaves, engineers stay
According to the media The Robot Report, the German company Wiferion was sold to another company from across the Rhine, Puls Power, specializing in electrical power. Barely two months after passing into the hands of Tesla. Moreover, you just have to go to the Plus Power website to have confirmation, and discover that Wiferion is transforming into a new commercial unit called Plus Wireless.
If we did not know the amounts of the acquisition of the start-up from Tesla, the financial aspect remains just as mysterious here for this new change of ownership.
On the other hand, and this is more surprising, we learn that Tesla did not lose interest in induction charging overnight, and that it is not just a mood swing from Elon Musk who is playing games. Monopoly. On the contrary, since Tesla would have taken the opportunity to keep one of the most important parts of the company: the brains!
When will Tesla have wireless charging?
It would indeed seem that if Tesla got rid of the Wiferion entity as such, the brand has decided to retain some of the staff. In this case the engineering team. Which would indeed mean that the manufacturer would not have abandoned the idea of wireless charging, and would continue to work on it.
We can imagine that as Wiferion was primarily specialized in induction charging for autonomous vehicles with automatic guidance, mobile robots and handling carts, therefore more of a use linked to industry, Tesla used what it needed to apply these solutions to automobiles in the future.
All that remains now is to be patient, hoping that Elon Musk will deign to announce something in this direction soon and perhaps one day see a Tesla-branded induction charging station, and as long as that happens, capable of recharging cars also marked of the “T”.