Tesla launches competition to design Cyberquad electric mountain bike battery

Tesla has launched a new competition to design the Cyberquad’s battery, as the automaker appears to be literally outsourcing R&D for the e-MTB, though it’s more likely a recruiting effort.

When Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck in 2019, CEO Elon Musk had a little “one more thing” moment on stage when they pulled out the Tesla Cyberquad, an electric mountain bike, to show off the Cybertruck’s bed payload capacity. At the time, it was unclear whether Tesla planned to make e-MTBs available, but Musk later confirmed it would be an option for Cybertruck buyers.

We haven’t heard much about the vehicle program since then, but that’s not too surprising since it’s been tied to the Cybertruck, which has been delayed to 2023.

But now that the Cybertruck is coming next year, Tesla is going to have to start working on bringing the e-MTB to market. It looks like the automaker is doing it now, but it’s taking a very surprising approach.

Through its official Weibo account in China, Tesla announced the launch of the “2022 World Power Battery Conference Power Battery Integration and Management Technology Challenge”:

Tesla is calling on teams to submit designs for a battery designed to fit the Cyberquad and equipped with 2170 cells. The automaker insinuates that the best design might actually end up in the e-MTB, but it’s also giving out prizes for the best designs – they’re going to give away up to 200,000 RMB (~$30,000) in prizes.

Tesla is calling for applications not only from student teams, but all “innovation and research teams” can submit their designs for the Cyberquard battery. The competition will end in July.

Electrek’s Grasp

While the automaker obviously doesn’t say it outright, it does insinuate that the best designs could be needed in the e-MTB. Looks like Tesla is literally crowdsourcing R&D for the Cyberquad, but I think it’s more about recruitment than anything else.

However, it does show that Tesla may be looking to develop the Cyberquad in China, which would be surprising since Musk recently said it would be produced in Giga Texas with Cybertruck.

That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cybertruck and Cyberquad also end up being produced in China at some point.

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