With an increased ground clearance, the Maple Majestic can cope with challenging conditions.
From Rimac to Rivian, there's no shortage of startup electric car companies with aspirations to shake up the EV industry. Based in Canada, AK Motor is a new startup company presenting a new brand of Canadian cars called Maple Majestic.
It's an unusual name, with "Maple" referring to the Canadian leaf symbol and "Majestic" referring to Canada's status as a Constitutional Monarchy. AK Motor's founder Arkadiusz Kaminski, says he wants Maple Majestic to be "Canada's flagship brand of automobiles on the world stage." Previewed in images and a video, AK Motor's first model will be an electric sedan that will essentially be Canada's answer to the Tesla Model 3.
What sets Maple Majestic's electric car apart is that it's designed to cope with harsh climates as EVs don't tend to sell well in colder locations. AK Motor claims the electric sedan will offer "climate-friendly driving" allowing it to navigate challenging conditions. You would think an SUV would be better suited to driving in difficult conditions, but MK Motor argues that SUVs have more drag and less fuel efficiency, while the cornering stability suffers due to their top-heavy design.
Despite being a sedan, AK Motor's first model will combine attributes from SUVs including adjustable ride height suspension that can increase the ride height up to 5.9 inches and offer between 5.5 inches and 11.4 inches of clearance, enabling it to tackle heavy snow. The height will also vary from 56.6 inches up to 62.5 inches, making it around the same size as midsize SUVs, while the front and rear axles have an identical track. While the front vaguely resembles the Model 3, the Maple Majestic EV has a significantly longer wheelbase measuring 122 inches and a curvaceous, supercar-style shape with optimized aerodynamics.
"We didn't invent the electric car, but we are here to make it civilized. Maple Majestic shouldn't be thought of as a sedan but rather more of a super car with four doors," said Kaminski. "The fact that the concept has super car proportions doesn't hurt either, but it all stems from a thorough rethinking of EV packaging."
Thanks to its long wheelbase, the electric sedan will have more rear legroom than a Model 3 and space to package larger batteries in the floor. Different battery sizes will be offered to cater for different locations, but AK Motor hasn't revealed any range or performance details. The company is also considering adding an internal combustion engine ahead of the rear axle as a range extender. AK Motor hasn't announced when the snow-driving EV will go on sale, but we'll reserve judgment until the company can present a working prototype as a proof-of-concept.