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Tesla completes acquisition of Maxwell, officially takes over the battery technology

Tesla completes acquisition of Maxwell, officially takes over the battery technology

After a few months of formalities, Tesla announced today that it has finally completed its acquisition of Maxwell and it will officially be able to take over its battery technology.




Earlier this year, Tesla announced the acquisition of the San Diego-based ultracapacitor and battery company Maxwell for over $200 million.

We later learned that Tesla and Maxwell had discussions for years over potential opportunities between the two companies, but Tesla became serious about acquiring them in December 2018.

The two companies negotiated over the price of the acquisition months before agreeing, but even then some investors weren’t happy and they sued to block the transaction.

Earlier this week, Tesla announced its final offer to acquire Maxwell and the transaction was finally completed last night.

Tesla said in a press release today:

“Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) today announced the successful completion of its previously announced offer to exchange all outstanding shares of common stock of Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (“Maxwell”) for 0.0193 of a share of Tesla common stock, together with cash in lieu of any fractional shares of Tesla common stock, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes.”

The automaker is transferring stocks worth just over $235 million to take control of the company.

It is believed that Tesla is after the company’s intellectual property. Maxwell is best-known as an ultracapacitor manufacturer, but it has also recently been discussing a dry electrode technology for batteries.

Based on Maxwell’s reports, the technology is promising when it comes to increasing the performance of Li-ion battery cells.

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