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ONE's 752-mile EV battery propels plans for its first US factory

ONE's 752-mile EV battery prop...
A retrofitted Tesla Model S on the road during a 752-mile journey demonstrating ONE's battery technology
A retrofitted Tesla Model S on the road during a 752-mile journey demonstrating ONE's battery technology
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A retrofitted Tesla Model S on the road during a 752-mile journey demonstrating ONE's battery technology
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A retrofitted Tesla Model S on the road during a 752-mile journey demonstrating ONE's battery technology
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ONE has big plans for its Gemini battery pack

Michigan-based startup Our Next Energy (ONE) is on a mission to provide cheap batteries that propel electric vehicles much farther on each charge, and the last few months have seen it make some serious waves in the space. Having demonstrated a 752-mile (1,210-km) range for its Gemini battery last year, the company has now raised millions in new funding as it scouts locations for its first battery plant in the US, with production to kick off later this year.

To put ONE's ambitions into perspective, the Tesla Model S has an EPA-rated range of 405 miles (651 km), using a battery pack with a capacity of around 100 kWh. Despite Tesla's successes and the increasing popularity of electric vehicles, anxiety over charging infrastructure and range remains very real for potential buyers, and advances in battery technology will play an important role in allaying these concerns.

ONE hopes to play a significant part in this future with its Gemini battery technology, for now an experimental device with a 203.7-kWh capacity and a claimed energy density of 416 Wh/L. In December, the company retrofitted a Tesla Model S, called the Gemini 001, with the battery for real-world road testing to show what it could do.

A 752-mile road trip at an average speed of 55-mph (88.51 km/h) followed, with the company also handing over the Gemini 001 to a third party for further testing where it actually ran for 882 miles (1,419 km/h). It's not clear what effect this larger battery pack would have on other aspects of the Model S performance (or what such a vehicle would cost), but the achievement is an impressive one.

ONE has big plans for its Gemini battery pack
ONE has big plans for its Gemini battery pack

“We want to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles by eliminating range anxiety, which holds back most consumers today,” Mujeeb Ijaz, founder and CEO of ONE, said. “We are now focused on evolving this proof-of-concept battery into a new product called GeminiTM, which will enable long distance trips on a single charge while improving cost and safety using sustainable materials.”

To further these efforts, the company has just raised US$65 million in a new funding round led by BMW i Ventures. It also announced that it has secured contracts with four customers that amount to 25 GWh of energy storage capacity to be fulfilled over the next five years. The company says this is equal to 300,000 battery packs for electric vehicles.

It has now begun the process of evaluating sites for its first battery factory in the US, where production will start on its first product, a smaller battery cell called Aries, in 2022. It expects to demonstrate a production prototype of the Gemini in 2023.

You can check out the Gemini 001's December 2021 journey below.

ONE Powers Tesla EV 752 Miles on Single Charge

Sources: ONE, PRNewswire

14 comments
14 comments
EJ222
They are quoting density, not weight... if its just denser than a Tesla battery without being any lighter, I don't see that as much of a win.
anthony88
Is it just me or is that attempt at camouflaging the shape of the vehicle a failure?
michael_dowling
Cruising at 55 in an EV is equivalent to hypermiling in an ICEV.
Seasherm
Next up, can they manufacture the battery and source its components? Can they manufacture it in volume? Battery design, while not easy, has a lot of focus on it right now, and there are amazing things being done. But. Can you build it in volume?
DaveWesely
EJ, battery energy density is watt hour/kg, so yes it would be lighter for the same amount of energy stored.
Michael, the article did not say maximum speed. It said average speed which would be significantly less.
Seasherm, if they are talking about building factories, then they are working on manufacturing batteries in volume.
What the press release doesn't talk about is the type of battery chemistry used. It is a dual chemistry battery with a smaller battery that can handle a high recharge rate for the daily commutes, and a larger battery capable of handling extended trips. There is no mention of the specific battery types though.
GaryS
One bit of information left out was how long it takes to recharge the battery using a standard home recharger or a fast charging station. Long distance is great and definitely a step in the right direction but will your hotel have an available charging station so you can continue your journey in the morning and will your battery be full.
Aross
Given the amount of energy that will be required to charge all these EVs and the effort necessary to upgrade the electrical grids I still don't understand why we are not using easily swap-able battery packs instead of permanent batteries. Replacing our conventional petrol stations with stations that can replace used batteries with fully charged batteries in the same time it takes to fill a tank with fuel makes more sense. This will also reduce the need for searching for batteries with higher capacity to gain more travel distance. The hardest part of this scenario would be to get the auto industries to buy into one standard.
GregVoevodsky
I would guess they pitched Tesla for an investment and Elon who could buy them in a second, passed on it. Elon's new batteries are already beginning manufacture at Tesla battery plants world wide - this company is a few years away at best from being in a car.
Mark T.
One significant worry is how many discharge cycles the One battery can handle. It had better be a lot more than one. A Tesla 2170 battery is thought to be good for ~1,500 discharge cycles, thus, a 334 mile range Tesla Model 3 driven for the equivalent of 1,500 discharge cycles should be good for about 500,000 miles. The new Tesla 4680 battery may do even better. Another factor is sensitivity to temperature.
Nelson Hyde Chick
I hope I can buy one of these batteries for my Zero SFX.
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