ExxonMobil recently announced the sponsorship of an all-electric car-sharing and rental program, called AltCar, at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, MD. The new electric vehicles at the science center, called the Maya-300, are powered exclusively by enhanced lithium ion battery technology. ExxonMobil's battery separator film enables the use of Electrovaya's Lithium Ion Superpolymer® battery in the vehicle. The five-door, five-passenger urban vehicle is equipped with the safety, performance and convenience features common to cars. Additionally, the company has also developed a state-of-the-art exhibit for the science center that showcases clean transportation technologies currently being used in the automotive industry.
ExxonMobil has invested more than half a million dollars in the car-sharing program and exhibit, including the purchase of the vehicles and development of the exhibit. The battery separator film, which is produced at a plant in Nasu, Japan together with Japanese affiliate TonenGeneral, enables battery manufacturers to significantly increase the power, capacity, mechanical strength and safety margins of today's lithium ion batteries. In addition to the film, ExxonMobil also is working on a number of additional innovative transportation technologies including a new blend of synthetic rubber and nylon that enables tires to retain air pressure longer, as well as new lightweight plastics that enable auto manufacturers to improve a car's performance while maintaining affordability and reducing fuel consumption.