An exclusive look at patent applications reveals Our Next Energy’s plans to create an uncompromising battery pack for electric vehicles.

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How automakers place their bets their future in electric vehicles, they are beginning to face the harsh realities of economics and physics. Prices for nickel and cobalt, two key elements used in electric vehicle batteries today, have skyrocketed, far outpacing inflation. At the same time, existing lithium-ion battery technologies are improving, but not fast enough.

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This has forced companies to look for alternatives, from solid-state batteries to exotic materials and components. However, commercial use of many of them is still far away.

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Mujib Ijazfounder and CEO Our next energy, believes that we already have a lot of the elements we need. Ijaz wants to take two types of batteries – one optimized for daily commuting and one optimized for long commutes – and put them in one unit. The idea is to let each type use their strengths while the other covers their weaknesses.

ONE grabbed the headlines earlier this year after driving the Tesla 752 miles on a single charge, but not much was known about its technology. But now TechCrunch has taken a look at ONE’s patent filings and looked exclusively at how the company plans to combine different types of batteries into a super-package that’s twice as energy-hungry as what’s found in today’s electric vehicles, yet can handle everything. from daily commutes to bladder-exhausting multi-state trips.

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If ONE can do that, its technology could help relieve consumer worries about range, as well as make electric vehicles cheaper and safer, potentially sparking a buying spree.

The right chemicals

Typically, EV batteries use one type of battery chemistry, and that chemistry must be optimized to balance competing demands, including how much energy they can store, how crash-safe they are, and how long they last before they break. . down. Oh, and they shouldn’t be too expensive. This is not an easy task, and in the end, the battery will compromise at least one of these goals.

Ijaz realized that while it is unwise to try to do all these tasks with cells of the same type, it is possible with a group of cells. All Ijaz had to do was find a way to make them work together.




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