Tesla has sold Wiferion less than three months after acquiring it. Wiferion is a German company that specializes in wireless charging technology, and Tesla’s purchase was seen as a way to help accelerate the launch of the automaker’s own wireless charging system for its electric vehicles (EVs).
News of Tesla’s interest in Wiferion first started in June of this year when Tesla’s name appeared in an industry portal called “Gründerszene,” revealing that Wiferion intended to sell to Tesla. That was followed a month later by Tesla officially acquiring the company at the end of July. Even though no announcement was made, Wiferion’s website footer was updated to include reference to ‘Tesla Engineering Germany GmbH 2023,’ all but making it official.
Now a little over two months later and Wiferion’s website has been updated again, this time to remove reference to Tesla and instead announce their new ownership group, PULS. According to PULS, the sale completed today, October 10, 2023.
PULS , technology and market leader in the area of DIN rail power supplies, has taken over the business of wireless charging specialist Wiferion. Wiferion’s leading technology is now being expanded with the capabilities of the technology-oriented company PULS, with sales of 250 million euros in 2022, from Munich. Wiferion customers benefit from a global presence in production and application support . Wiferion’s previous operational team will remain as the PULS Wireless business unit in Freiburg.
While PULS may be the new owner of Wiferion, Tesla is reportedly still retaining an important piece of the company. According to sources familiar with the deal that spoke with The Robot Report, Wiferion’s engineers are not included and will move to Tesla.
This is good news as it means Tesla still has plans to release their own wireless charging system. Although the company has not officially announced, or even mentioned the product, they did show a glimpse of it during Investor Day this past March. During the presentation one of the slides showed a Model S parked inside a home garage. At first glance it looked like any other ordinary photo, but a closer look revealed a massive Wall Connector-type device on the garage wall, with a cable leading down to a charging mat placed underneath the rear of the Model S.