Our Next Energy (One), a Detroit-based startup, demonstrated in its first road test of the Model S powered by Gemini battery that it has nearly twice the specific range of a standard Tesla Model S, and that it has a range that is larger than any other large-scale gasoline-fueled car. The first road-test of the vehicle powered by Gemini battery had a range of 1,419 kilometers.
The results of going throughout Michigan, according to Mujeeb Ijaz, founder and CEO of One, “established a new bar for the whole automotive industry.”
“We want to speed up the adoption of electric vehicles by eliminating the hassle of the range, which is why most consumers are left behind today,” he said.
“We are now focusing on incorporating this proof-of-concept battery into a new product called Gemini TM, which will enable long-distance travel on a single charge while improving cost and safety using durable materials.”
This Proof of Concept solves the problem of confusion regarding the range of electric vehicles, which has so far been solved by charging stations everywhere.
However, it has its own problems, most notably that it takes longer to recharge an electric car than to refill a fuel-powered vehicle.
The battery used in the One Prototype is a modern design of lithium iron phosphate. The company hopes to use it in commercial trucks by the end of this year.
The technology was unveiled earlier this month at the CES 2022 Tech Conference in Las Vegas, where several other companies and startups also presented their future battery life designs.
The Vision EQX concept vehicle from Mercedes promised a range of 965 kilometers, while the HyperX wireless gaming headphones had a charge cycle of 300 hours, which was 10 times longer than a conventional wireless headset.
New anodes and extremely efficient processors are pushing the energy density limits of lithium-ion batteries, which are used in most consumer technology items, but researchers are now looking towards next-generation batteries like lithium-sulfur.
So far, no new improved batteries have been brought out of the lab, but due to their greater capacity and high environmental compatibility, they will one day be able to replace their old rivals.