If Mercedes made its commitment to launching electric vehicles with autonomy over 1000km, Tesla will not be far behind. However, news today of a new battery for the Model S comes from an American startup, Our Next Energy (ONE). The company has completed the first road test of its Gemini technology.
For the test, a Tesla Model S 2021 equipped with a prototype battery capable of storing almost twice the capacity of the original Tesla battery was used. As a result, the VE achieved a range of 1,210 km on a single charge.
If autonomy is still the Achilles’ heel of trams, soon we will have cars with batteries that will largely surpass thermal cars and their fuel deposits.
Despite this, we are still far from seeing sales of trams outpacing fossil fuel-powered vehicles.
Anxiety is a problem for those who have an electric car
It is true that whoever owns a tram has to change the “chip”, because the concept is different and driving habits have to be changed and adapted. All this stems from a weak charging network, and still slow charging technologies. If that weren’t the case, and charging an electric car was like refueling one of the thermals, the market would certainly be quite different.
For everything to take a new direction, car manufacturers are launching electric cars with a much longer range. We recently saw Mercedes in a combined bet, which allows a thousand kilometers of driving on a single charge.
We’ve also seen companies and energy providers talking about solutions to build more charging stations. However, for the driver, this means stopping too often and waiting in lines, which is not the solution, it is just a remedy.
As we have seen, demand has been greater than supply and the more recharging points open, the less they arrive.
Solution: batteries with more stored energy
To answer this problem, companies are actively working to develop battery packs with greater capacity to allow EVs to operate over longer distances. ONE is already on the right track. The company found a solution to end autonomy anxiety by designing a new battery that can hold much more energy.
The new technology was recently demonstrated on a Tesla Model S. On December 17th, ONE took the vehicle for road testing in Michigan, USA. The adapted Model S was dubbed the Gemini 001. In the car, instead of its original 103 kWh battery, the company put a 203.7 kWh Gimini battery.
The prototype was very well achieved. Even though it stores much more energy, the space occupied in the car is the same as the original battery. With this, Tesla’s electric car drove at an average speed of 88 km/h, successfully reaching a range of 1,210 km without recharging.
The ONE Gemini™ battery aims to eliminate range as a barrier to the adoption of electric vehicles, doubling the energy available on board in the same packaging space.
Said Mujeeb Ijaz, founder of ONE.
This new concept of autonomy may still not be ideal. This is because to charge this battery, in conventional chargers, the car will have to stand for several hours. However, after a full charge, drivers can do incremental charging, thus decreasing anxiety.
One thousand kilometers of autonomy is already a remarkable milestone in the tram market.
Source: Pplware by pplware.sapo.pt.
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