6K and ONE collaborate to commercialise range-extended Gemini EV battery system

March 9, 2022

6K and ONE hope to commercialise the technology that allowed a Tesla Model S retrofitted with a prototype battery to drive 752 miles on one charge (Courtesy ONE)

6K, headquartered in North Andover, Massachusetts, USA, and energy storage solutions developer Our Next Energy Inc (ONE), Novi, Michigan, have announced a partnership to enable ONE to scale and commercialise its Gemini cell chemistry. The organisation signed a letter of intent outlining how the companies will work together to significantly lower the cost and manufacturing capital required when producing this new battery material, which the company hopes will double the energy of the average electric car battery while taking up the same space.

“ONE is focused on developing the most cost effective and novel methods for producing its Gemini cathode material using 6K materials and processes,” stated Mujeeb Ijaz, founder and CEO of ONE. “Our focus is on building battery technology from a more sustainable, localised supply chain, thereby sharply reducing battery materials cost. Comparing conventional cathode material processing to 6K’s novel approach gives me confidence that we can have a low-cost cathode material for Gemini.”

ONE recently demonstrated a proof-of-concept battery that powered an electric vehicle for a reported 752 miles without recharging. The results were validated by a third party using a vehicle dynamometer where the test vehicle, a Tesla Model S retrofitted with an experimental battery, achieved 882 miles at 55 mph. A video detailing the test is available here.

“This agreement is significant on many fronts. For us at 6K, ONE’s use of our proprietary cathode material emphasises our vision and mission of manufacturing battery materials at lower cost in the United States, helping to significantly drive down the overall costs of EVs with sustainably produced materials,” added Sam Trinch, group president for 6K Energy.

Last spring, 6K announced a $30 million investment in the Battery Center of Excellence for its 6K Energy division. The new 3,066 m2 production facility will accommodate multiple pilot-scale UniMelt systems with a total annual capacity of 400-500 MWh. This facility is anticipated to be the largest plant in the United States capable of producing NMC811 cathode material. This will support full scale development of materials such as high energy density, single crystal cathode; low-cost, conflict free cathode; solid-state electrolyte materials; and materials for the anode. The expansion will create pilot production capabilities to fully support partner qualification, a move expected to enable domestic production.



In the latest issue of PM Review…

PM Review Spring 2023

Download PDF

Extensive Powder Metallurgy industry news coverage, and the following exclusive deep-dive articles and reports:

  • GKN Powder Metallurgy: A strategic vision for the future of permanent magnets for EVs
  • Building trust in the Powder Metallurgy industry: The role of standardisation and an update on recent work by ISO/TC 119
  • High-volume powder production for Additive Manufacturing: SMS group’s continuous metal powder production process
  • Development of enhanced-performance PM brake pads for high-speed trains by Beijing Tianyishangjia New Material Corp., Ltd.
  • The START project: Creating a sustainable supply chain for green energy harvesting products by Powder Metallurgy
  • World PM2022: Reviewing three innovative methods for metal powder production

The latest news from the world of metal powders, delivered to your inbox

Don't miss any new issue of PM Review, and get the latest industry news. Sign up to our weekly newsletter.

Sign up

Join our community

From the industry…

Discover our magazine archive…

The free-to-access PM Review magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of Powder Metallurgy from a commercial and technological perspective through:

  • Reports on visits to leading PM part manufacturers, metal powder manufacturers and industry suppliers
  • Articles on technology and application trends
  • Information on materials developments
  • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
  • International industry news

All past issues are available to download as free PDFs or view in your browser.


Browse the archive


Looking for PM production equipment, metal powders, R&D support and more?

Discover suppliers of these and more in our
advertisers’ index and buyer’s guide, available in the back of PM Review magazine.

  • Powders & materials
  • Powder process, classification & analysis
  • PM products
  • Atomisers & powder production technology
  • Compaction presses, tooling & ancillaries
  • Sintering equipment & ancillaries
  • Post-processing
  • Consulting & toll sintering
Download PDF
Share via
Copy link