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Tesla Covers 1,200km On A Single Charge With Gemini Battery

A Tesla vehicle equipped with a next-generation battery was able to cover more than 1,200km (750 miles) on a single battery charge. Could this be the next breakthrough?

The first road test of the Gemini battery, developed by Detroit-based startup Our Next Energy (ONE), achieved nearly double the typical range that a standard Tesla Model S is able to achieve. It is also more than the highest range of any mass-produced gasoline-powered vehicle.

ONE founder and CEO Mujeeb Ijaz commented that this has “set a new benchmark for the entire automotive industry”. This piece of news would definitely bring comfort to those who are putting the brakes on electric vehicles (EVs) these days, with the fear of range anxiety.

ONE is said to have been turning their focus 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.”

The proof-of-concept solves the issue of range anxiety with electric vehicles, which until now has been addressed by making charging stations more ubiquitous. This comes with its own issues, however, most notably the length of time it takes to recharge an electric car compared to refilling a fuel-powered vehicle.

The battery used in the ONE prototype is an innovative lithium iron phosphate design, which the company hopes will be used in commercial trucks later this year.

The technology was presented at the CES 2022 tech conference in Las Vegas earlier this month, where several other companies and startups displayed ambitious battery life designs.

Energy density limitations of lithium-ion batteries, which are found in most consumer technology products, have been augmented by new anodes and ultra-efficient processors, but researchers are now looking to next-generation batteries like lithium-sulfur.

So far, any breakthroughs with these new battery types are yet to make it out of the lab, but are could one day replace their conventional counterparts due to their vastly superior capacity and improved environmental credentials. Seems like the future of EVs can only get better. Just like the name of Maroon 5’s second album, “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long”.

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