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BMW Group and Our Next Energy (ONE), a Michigan-based energy storage company, have signed an agreement to incorporate ONE’s Gemini Dual-Chemistry battery technology into the BMW iX all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle. ONE’s long-range Gemini technology reduces lithium use by 20% while reducing graphite use by 60% and minimising the use of nickel and cobalt. 

The prototype vehicle is expected to be completed by the end of the year. 

The aim is to demonstrate the iX can achieve a 600 mile range.

Mujeeb Ijaz, founder and CEO of ONE, says: “We are thrilled to be working with BMW to demonstrate our Gemini long-range battery technology to consumers. As EV adoption grows, drivers are learning that real-world conditions can significantly reduce the performance of their batteries. Common situations like maintaining highway speeds, winter temperatures, climbing mountains, towing, or a combination of all four things present challenges to electric vehicles. We plan to pack twice as much energy into batteries, so EVs can easily handle long-distance driving in real-world conditions.”

“We are well-positioned to incorporate ONE’s IP into BMW’s SAV line,” adds Jürgen Hildinger, BMW Group New Technologies Head of High Voltage Storage. “We are confident that given economic viability, this can lead to commercial opportunities and strategies to integrate ONE’s battery technologies into models of our future BEV product line-up.” 

BMW i Ventures, the Silicon Valley-based venture capital arm of the automaker, is an investor in ONE and has recently led a $65M funding round.

“Our Next Energy is working to fundamentally reinvent the battery while focusing on sustainability, safety, and cost; three key factors which will help speed the development and adoption of battery electric vehicles,” comments Baris Guzel, partner at BMW i Ventures.

Our Next Energy

Founded in 2020, ONE is focused on engineering batteries that double the range of electric vehicles; and use safer, more sustainable raw materials; and establish a localised supply chain. 

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