US co. shows proof of concept battery with 1210 km range, Auto News, ET Auto
The Michigan battery technology company, Our Next Energy, Inc. (ONE), has demonstrated a proof-of-concept battery that powers an electric vehicle for 752 miles (1210 km) without recharging. The vehicle completed a road test across Michigan in late December with an average speed of 55 mph, the company reported.
According to a media release, the results were validated by a third party using a vehicle dynamometer where the test vehicle, a Tesla Model S retrofitted with an experimental battery, achieved 882 miles (1419 km) at 55 mph.
Mujeeb Ijaz, founder and CEO, ONE, said, “We want to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles by eliminating range anxiety, which holds back most consumers today. We are now focused on evolving this proof-of-concept battery into a new product called Gemini, which will enable long-distance trips on a single charge while improving cost and safety using sustainable materials.”
Today’s electric vehicles have lower adoption due to range limitations. Even the highest range electric vehicles sold today lack the surplus energy required to overcome factors such as high-speed driving, extreme weather, mountainous terrain, or towing trailers in real-world conditions. These factors can lead to a loss of more than 35% of the rated range, causing inconvenience and anxiety on road trips, the release said.
“The ONE Gemini battery aims to eliminate range as a barrier to electric vehicle adoption by doubling the available energy on board in the same package space,” Ijaz said.
Until now, the industry approach to solving the range issue is to add more charging stations. However, relying on fast-charge stations presents other obstacles, such as waiting in long lines, not recharging as fast as advertised, and is limited to a partial charge, which results in the need to stop every 150 miles (240 km), the company added.