A Tesla Model S has managed to cover 752 miles on a single charge thanks to new prototype battery technology…
Model S Covers 752 Miles
Range-anxiety is the fear that an electric car won’t be able to make a journey without running out of charge. It’s often cited as one of the main reasons for why people don’t make the transition towards EVs. However, more and more evidence suggests that it’ll soon be a thing of the past. An American battery technology company, Our Next Energy (ONE), has developed a new battery, called Gemini, which offers 203.7kWh of energy.
The firm has recently installed the battery in a Tesla Model S, driving it for 752 miles on a single charge and at an average speed of 55 mph. ONE claims that the battery will, effectively, eliminate range-anxiety and drive up sales of electric vehicles. It’s pointed out that, due to different terrain and weather conditions, EVs can actually deliver 35% less range than is usually claimed by manufacturers.
A New Debate
ONE’s claims are actually representative of a new debate that’s sprung up around EVs. Some people claim that the best way to defeat range-anxiety is to produce better battery technology; capable of offering more range per each charge. Others suggest that, ultimately, what’s needed is more widely available charging infrastructure. Proponents of the latter view usually suggest that many EV models now offer in excess of 200 miles of range per charge; more than enough for the typical driver, who travels less than 40 miles a day in most western countries.
Mujeeb Ijaz, founder and CEO of ONE, commented on the Tesla Model S trial. He said, “we want to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles by eliminating range anxiety; which holds back most consumers today. We are now focused on evolving this proof-of-concept battery into a new product called Gemini, which will enable long distance trips on a single charge while improving cost and safety using sustainable materials”.
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