Our Next Energy, Inc. (ONE), a Michigan-based energy storage technology company, has raised $65M following its $25M Series A that was led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures in October 2021. This new funding round, led by BMW i Ventures, will allow ONE to expand its operations and prepare for increasing demand and customer activity. In addition, the recent investment was joined by Coatue Management, a New York-based investment firm with ~$60B of assets under management, and ONE’s Series A investors, including Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Assembly Ventures, Flex and Volta Energy Technologies.
“This most recent investment accelerates the timeline for ONE’s GeminiTM battery technology following our recent 752-mile range demonstration. We are excited to have BMW i Ventures lead this round and we are thrilled to welcome Coatue Management and their support as we raise the capital required to build a U.S. cell factory that supports Aries and Gemini,” said Mujeeb Ijaz, Founder and CEO of ONE.
ONE has signed contracts with four customers totaling more than 25 GWh of energy storage capacity over the next five years, equating to approximately 300,000 electric vehicle battery packs. This development allows ONE to begin the process of site selection for its first US-based battery factory.
The ONE battery factory marks a significant development in its path to accelerate electrification with safer, more powerful energy storage technologies that use more sustainable raw materials while creating a reliable, low cost and conflict-free supply chain.
“ONE’s core principles of doubling the range, decreasing the cost of the batteries and creating a local supply chain, resonated strongly with us at BMW i Ventures,” said Baris Guzel, partner at BMW i Ventures. “Today’s announcement of ONE’s battery factory in the US is an important step for the larger electric vehicle value chain, and ONE has the potential to truly transform the ecosystem.”
“We believe ONE is creating transformative battery cell and pack technologies,” said Jaimin Rangwalla of Coatue Management. “We look forward to the future ahead of ONE and are excited to partner with Mujeeb and his outstanding team.”
In the next quarter, ONE will begin evaluating site locations for its US-based battery factory, which will begin with production of its AriesTM LFP battery system, improving energy density, safety and cost. The company will accelerate its R&D efforts for the high-energy-density GeminiTM dual-chemistry battery in Michigan and the Bay Area, as announced in early February.