General Motors has unveiled three EN-V concept cars in Shanghai they say will help deal with the growing concentration of people in large urban areas and the resulting pressure this places on public infrastructure systems.
The Electric Networked-Vehicle(EN-V) is a two-seat electric vehicle which GM says produces zero emissions.It's propelled by electric motors in each of it's two driving-wheel modes, is about one-third the size of a traditional vehicle, and is powered by lithium-ion batteries. You can recharge the vehicle by plugging it into a standard household outlet.
“EN-V reinvents the automobile by creating a new vehicle DNA through the convergence of electrification and connectivity. It provides an ideal solution for urban mobility that enables future driving to be free from petroleum and emissions, free from congestion and accidents, and more fun and fashionable than ever before,” said Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group, in the press release.
GM says the three models represent three different characteristics that will embody future transportation: Jiao(Pride), Miao(Magic), and Xiao(Laugh). Design teams from around the world were given the task of translating these concepts into cars .Xiao (Laugh) was designed by GM team in Australia, Jiao (Pride) designed at GM Europe and Miao (Magic) designed at the General Motors Advanced Design Studio in California.
Here are some other details:
......It weighs less than 500 kilograms(1,100 lbs) and is about 1.5m(just shy of 5 ft) in length
......It can travel at least 40 kilometers(approx 25 miles) on a single charge
......It combines GPS technology, vehicle-to-vehicle wireless communication, and distance sensing technology so the driver can drive manually or autonomously
......The body and canopy are constructed of carbon fiber, custom-tinted lexan and acrylic.
The press release is a pretty interesting read. Check it out if you have time.I've posted a photo, courtesy of General Motors, below.
Wil we ever see these on our streets? Who knows? I love the idea but fear the practical. Right now, all I can see is one of these stuck to the undercarriage of an SUV whose driver is speeding to get to a soccer game while talking on hands-free cell phone, balancing a drink in their lap, and using their "free" hand to shove a hamburger in their mouth. I can't wait.