Tesla Acquires Battery Maker Maxwell Technologies For $218 Million


Tesla acquires battery maker Maxwell Technologies for $218 million in an all-stock deal that could help the electric vehicle creator deliver batteries that hold more vitality and last longer when it needs to cut expenses and faces developing challenge.

Tesla is quickly expanding creation of its Model 3 car and necessities to bring down the cost to achieve a more extensive client base than its unadulterated extravagance vehicles. Maxwell officials told financial specialists in January that it had created and protected a ‘dry electrode’ technology that could essentially build the driving reach and diminish the expense of electric vehicle batteries.

Ultracapacitors, joined with the vitality of batteries, can empower fast reaction times, work over a more extensive temperature extend and stretch battery life by up to multiple times, as per a blog entry on Maxwell’s site.

Volvo- owner Geely Holding Group last May declared an deal with Maxwell and depicted the organization’s ultracapacitor technology as conveying ‘peak power’ for hybrid cars. Maxwell’s clients additionally incorporate General Motors and Lamborghini.

The offer qualities every Maxwell share at $4.75 (about Rs. 340), speaking to a 55 percent premium to the stock’s end cost on Friday, the organizations said. Maxwell shares rose to exchange at $4.58. As of now, Japan’s Panasonic is the restrictive battery cell provider for Tesla cars. Tesla boss Elon Musk had featured the significance of ultracapacitors in 2013.

Craig Irwin of Roth Capital Partners said, “Tesla needs Maxwell’s solvent-free battery electrode manufacturing for a viable path to lower battery costs. Real competitors are coming now, so Tesla needs to move fast.”