SAE is excited to announce that Tesla will be once again offering a battery sponsorship like the 2022 competition season.
Deadlines for the application submission is tight.
Tesla provided data sheets for posting. These documents along with can be found online under Series Resources – Other SAE Resources – Tesla Battery Sponsorship.
Below is the official announcement from Tesla:
As a part of our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy, Tesla will be supporting student teams aspiring to build electric vehicles as part of Formula SAE and Formula Student competitions around the world.
For 2023 competitions, Tesla will offer a select number of teams sponsorship through several options:
Up to 10 kWh of battery cells shipped to the team free of charge. Teams may choose between the following cell options (we're working on a way to provide the specifications, but reddit doesn't allow pdfs to be uploaded):
o 2170 Cylindrical
o 1865 Cylindrical
o 13 Ah Pouch
o 20 Ah Pouch
o Or a discount of $5,000 USD towards an order of hardware from Enepaq
Up to 30 ASIC chips from ADI or TI for a custom BMS, 1 development board, and general design support from our engineering team.
Interested teams must be planning to register for at least one student formula engineering competition in 2023 with an electric vehicle class, including but not limited to:
- Formula SAE Michigan - June 2022
- Formula Student Germany - August 2022
Teams can apply online HERE before September 25, 2022 and will need to provide a 1-page design brief. Tesla will review proposals and select top teams to receive their choice of sponsorship option. Selected teams will be notified by October 1, 2022 and will be offered cells or a discount code after signing a liability release waiver. Tesla will also offer sponsored teams the opportunity to review their designs with some of the world’s leading electric powertrain engineers and will provide guidance through the design and validation process.
We look forward to reviewing your team’s concept and hope together to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy!