Shanghai, China – General Motors has unveiled its Electric Networked-Vehicle, or EN-V, which will be displayed at its pavilion in the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The EN-V is a joint effort with GM’s strategic partner, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation Group (SAIC).
The EN-V is a two-seat electric vehicle designed to alleviate concerns surrounding traffic congestion, parking availability, air quality and affordability for tomorrow’s cities. Shanghai is expected to become one of the epicentres for the establishment of personal mobility solutions for the future.
Three EN-V models were unveiled, representing three characteristics: Jaio (Pride), Maio (Magic) and Xiao (Laugh).
“EN-V reinvents the automobile by creating a new vehicle DNA through the convergence of electrification and connectivity,” said Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group. “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.”
The EN-V’s platform has evolved from the Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility (P.U.M.A.) prototype that was developed by Segway and debuted in April 2009. Segway has worked collaboratively with GM to develop and deliver multiple copies of the drivetrain platform that connect to and power the various EN-Vs. The vehicle uses electric motors in each of its two driving-mode wheels, which provide power for acceleration and also bring the vehicle to a stop.
The EN-V can carry two passengers and light cargo in a footprint that is about a third of a traditional vehicle. The lithium-ion batteries can be recharged from a conventional wall outlet and can travel at least 40 kilometres on a single charge. Using a global positional system with vehicle-to-vehicle communications and distance-sensing technologies, the EN-V can be driven both manually and autonomously.