Michigan startup upgraded Tesla Model S with battery that more than doubles its range


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While Tesla is busy screaming how awesome its new Model S is with 375 miles of range, then under-delivering in real-world testing, Our Next Energy, a Southeast Michigan startup is upgrading its own batteries. in and the old Model S and take a road trip more than double without recharging. Although this is still a proof of concept prototype battery, the goal is to make it a big company that replenishes the old Tesla to cover great miles.

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Although ONE, Inc. does not provide exact battery details, we can assume that this battery contains significantly more batteries than the original Tesla pack. The largest Tesla pack currently is around 100 kWh of energy storage. If we assume that a standard S model achieves the efficiency about 3.5 km / kW in ideal conditions, that 752-mile road trip would take at least 214 kWh. So how do you put twice as much battery in the same volume? It looks like Our Next Energy has found some energy density tricks that Tesla hasn’t figured out yet, while packing things more tightly and with hand-built tolerances that Tesla’s mass production factories can’t handle. .

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At a constant speed of 55 mph on a dynamometer with no wind resistance, the car managed to go 882 miles with that same battery! Obviously that would be next to impossible, unless you were running with a tail wind of 60mph the entire way. And it should be assumed that this test was performed indoors at a reasonable temperature. Putting that same battery into service to get through a Michigan winter and still come back to 750 miles nonstop is pretty impressive.

The route took ONE’s engineers from its headquarters in Novi across the legendary Mackinac Bridge, through the state capital to Lansing, back to Detroit, and then back to Novi. All of this was done without a single stop to load. It’s pretty cool and extremely impressive. Apparently no changes were made to the car other than the battery. Presumably, the ONE battery’s really flat floor has a slight aerodynamic advantage, but other than that it looks like a nice stock S model. With these temperatures and road conditions, it would be unlikely that a standard Tesla would even do 350 miles at no cost, let alone 750!

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“We want to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles by eliminating the range anxiety that holds back most consumers today,” said Mujeeb Ijaz, founder and CEO of ONE. “We are now focusing on evolve this proof of concept battery into a new product called Gemini, which will remote journeys with a single charge while improving costs and safety by using durable materials.

Gemini is the name of the company’s battery modernization for Tesla Model S. It does not provide much information about Gemini beyond the stated range test and this one rendered. image of the pack on the company’s website. There’s also no mention of what any of these bad boys might cost, but I can assure you it won’t be cheap. You can buy 100 kWh used Tesla packs on ebay right now for around $ 25,000, if that gives you any idea of ​​the cost of large batteries these days.

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That said, how much is it worth for you to be able to travel 750 miles nonstop? $ 30,000? 50 thousand? $ 75,000? Pwhat is the cost of buying a used Tesla Model S? For some people this may be true, but certainly not for me. It’s a really cool idea, but I don’t know how many practical applications there are for such a battery modernization. 750 miles is about two months of daily use for the average American. Why would you need to be able to drive for two months without recharging?

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ONE, which was founded in 2020, says its batteries are designed with an emphasis on safer battery chemistries with more durable materials. The company plans to launch its first product – a configurable autonomous battery called Aries, presumably for grid energy storage and off-grid power backup – Later this year. Gemini for Tesla Model S applications is expected to hit the market in 2023.


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