May 4, 2021

Ex-Tesla Lawyer is New Legal Boss at Vehicle Charger Startup

Former Tesla Inc. and Apple Inc. lawyer Jeff Risher has joined electric vehicle charging company FreeWire Technologies Inc. as general counsel, the company announced Tuesday.

Risher joined the San Leandro, Calif.-based FreeWire on April 19 after just over a year with wireless charging company Aira Inc., where he was chief strategy officer and general counsel. He will oversee matters including intellectual property strategy and technology partnerships, according to a statement.

FreeWire produces mobile electric vehicle chargers and recently raised $50 million in its Series C funding round. The company also counts oil giant BP Plc among its investors.

It’s estimated by BloombergNEF that electric vehicles will account for 58% of all car sales and displace 17.6 million barrels of oil per day by 2040. Companies that have long worked with more traditional energy sources for automobiles, like BP, have begun expanding into the EV market.

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