Not to be beat out by the slew of electric carmakers that seem to be emerging from the woodwork these days, ExxonMobil has teamed up with Electrovaya, a pioneer in lithium-ion battery technology, to bring us the Maya 300. The little electric car has 5 doors and is capable, so they say, of a 120 mile range. In 8-10 hours the car can be fully charged from a normal 110 volt household outlet. As of now, the Maya is still in development and is set to be available for purchase in 2011.
The Maya 300 is a cute and practical little car, with what appears to be ample space inside. It is expected to sell in the range of $20,000-$25,000, which is definitely one of the least expensive price points for an all-electric vehicle. It is currently designated as a low or medium speed vehicle topping out at 30 mph or 60-120 mph depending on which battery pack you pick. Powered by a Lithium-Ion SuperPolymer® battery made by Electrovaya, the Maya will be rolled out first through government fleets and sampling programs. ExxonMobil is responsible for developing the lithium-ion battery seperator film.
You can test drive the car at the Maryland Science Center as part of their AltCar program, which is intended to educate residents and citizens on the future of alternative and advanced transportation. Starting August 1st, you can also rent the car through a car share program, which is said to be the first all-electric car share program in the country.
While it may come as a surprise that ExxonMobil is part of an endeavor like this, it makes sense that the petroleum giant realizes that to continue playing the game they’ll have to try different tactics to get the consumer engaged. ExxonMobil and Electrovaya say they will continue working together to “develop the innovative urban vehicle that will be a ‘game changer’ in advancing transportation alternatives.”