Commercial NEV w/ advanced Li-Polymer on the road

Discussion in 'BEV or Battery Electric Vehicle' started by xcel, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] Not only is this a simple NEV, a warning should be issued... Exxon has its hooks in Electrovaya’s Li-Poly battery technology.

    [fimg=left][/fimg]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - June 23, 2009

    Maya 300 NEV – 60-miles AER for $25,000, $35,000 for 120 miles :rolleyes:

    Baltimore today became one of the nation's first cities to feature an NEV car share and rental program using advanced lithium polymer battery technology co-developed by Electrovaya and ExxonMobil. The Maryland Science Center with sponsors Electrovaya and ExxonMobil announced the program, called Altcar, to raise awareness among Baltimore residents and visitors of the future of energy efficient transportation.

    The NEV being used in the science center's Altcar program is the new five-door, five passenger urban vehicle called the Maya 300. The Maya-300 will be an overpriced $25,000 NEV with a top speed that is electronically regulated to either 25 or 35 mph, as per state regulations. It offers an AER of up to 60 or 120 miles on a single charge (depending on pack size) and works well in cold weather conditions. The on-board battery charger allows for convenient recharging with standard 110V outlets.

    A public company based in North America, Electrovaya's mission is to accelerate clean transportation as a commercial reality using its advanced power systems for all classes of zero-emission BEVs and PHEVs. The Maya-300's advanced lithium polymer battery uses separator film developed by ExxonMobil that significantly enhances the power, safety, strength and reliability of the lithium ion battery.

    The lithium-ion battery separator film is one of the innovative technologies that ExxonMobil has developed to increase the fuel efficiency of vehicles or to control the viability of the BEV. Fortunately the Li-Ion battery makers are well ahead of the few patents that Exxon currently has its hands on and will not be able to control the market as Chevron/Texaco did with its purchase from GM of Stan Ovshinsky’s NiMH patents.

    In recent months, Exxon has advertised it is "working to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions" although as recently as last August, Exxon’s CEO, Rex Tillerson told ABC News "we cannot say we're going to opt for an alternative elsewhere at the expense of oil and natural gas, because oil and natural gas are going to take us to the future."

    Electrovaya is the maker of the Maya 300 with a scheduled release in 2011.
  2. Gordon

    Gordon Highland Hypermiler

    Woah.. states are limiting the speeds of electric vehicles to just 25-35 mph? Wheres the sense in that?! That is just going to turn people away.
  3. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    Not all electric vehicles, just NEV (Neighborhood electric Vehicles).

    NEVs do not require as much safety equipment, hence the limited speed.
  4. BailOut

    BailOut My favorite holiday is Earth Day!

    That speed limit applies only to NEVs - Neighborhood Electric Vehicles - which typically operate under the same regulations that mopeds and other sub-50cc engined vehicles do rather than as automobiles. For example, no drivers license is required but they cannot be taken on the freeway.

    As far as this vehicle goes... meh, I am less than impressed. Home brewed BEVs do better for cheaper, and they are road worthy. That ExxonMobil has its hands in this makes me cringe as well.
  5. Traal

    Traal Well-Known Member

    What would be a fair price for it?
  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Traal:

    ___Having seen just about every major NEV available at the shows, this is my personal opinion... You would not want to get hit while in one and $25,000 for a 60-mile, AER non-roadworthy anything is not worth it.

    ___Good Luck


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