In a groundbreaking development, Michigan-based company Our Next Energy (ONE) has announced a partnership with BMW that could revolutionize electric vehicle (EV) technology. They’re working on a new battery, coined the Gemini, that boasts the ability to power a vehicle for an unprecedented 600 miles on a single charge.
The target for this technology? BMW’s new iX electric SUV. If successful, the iX would become the leader in EV range, currently held by the Lucid Air with an EPA-estimated range of 516 miles.
This development could even overshadow the discontinued Chevy Bolt, which recently achieved a 560-mile charge due to extreme driving efficiency.
While there are many ambitious claims about EV ranges—take for instance, the solar-powered Aptera, which claims a 1,000-mile range—ONE’s announcement may prove to be more reliable. Especially as Aptera’s initial venture into solar-powered cars resulted in bankruptcy without a single car delivery.
What sets ONE’s claim apart is their innovative dual-chemistry battery technology. Unlike other EVs, which use a single battery pack, the Gemini functions with two.
For daily driving, it uses a smaller lithium iron phosphate battery capable of 150 miles. For longer journeys, a larger range-extending “anode-free” battery kicks in, providing an extra 450 miles of range.
More so, ONE’s dual-chemistry battery cuts down the use of rare and expensive metals like nickel and cobalt. The company says they’re “maximizing materials that are abundant in North America,” like iron for the LFP battery and manganese for the anode-free battery.
This strategy is reportedly significant since cobalt reserves are primarily located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where hazardous working conditions and child labor have been reported by the United Nations.
In essence, if ONE’s technology delivers as promised, it would not only redefine EV standards but also take a significant step towards an environmentally conscious future.
It would diminish the need for cobalt and provide the longest EV range in the market, making strides not just for the industry, but for the planet as well.