Tesla has once again tapped another Canadian battery startup in efforts to develop and manufacture high-quality, dependable, and long-lasting electric vehicle batteries. Documents of the transaction suggest Tesla acquired three separate patent applications from Canada’s Springpower International for only $3.00.
Tesla reportedly purchased several patent applications from Springpower International, a small, Canadian company that was established in 2010. The company’s website has gone nearly blank after the reports, only giving information to those who inquire through Springpower’s email.
Interestingly, Tesla purchased the patents just two weeks before the Battery Day event that was held in September 2020, TechCrunchreports. The site found the patent transaction records, which show that Tesla purchased several applications for a total of $3. The document states, “Therefore, for $3.00 and good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties agree as follows…” The preceding words outline the transfer of patents from Springpower International Inc. to Tesla, Inc.
The three patents that were transferred to Tesla are “Innovative Process to Produce Cathode Materials for Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries” (US 62/899,677), “Process for Recovering Materials from Spent Rechargeable Lithium Batteries” (US 62/951,735), and “Method to Produce Cathode Materials for Li-Ion Batteries” (US 62/652,516). The patents are similar to the processes CEO Elon Musk, and Senior VP of Engineering Drew Baglino outlined during the Battery Day event and could translate to Tesla’s future methods for battery manufacturing.