The EN-V project was first presented by GM at the 2010 Shanghai Auto Show in form of three different vehicles – each designed by a different global design studio – that proposed a vision for the future of urban mobility.
According to GM, the project development could include pilot demonstration programs in megacities around the world to determine real-world practicality.
The Chevrolet EN-V, short for Electric Networked-Vehicle, is a two-seat, electric urban mobility concept powered by two in-wheel motors and featuring a lightweight construction with hi-tech materials.
The next step in the evolution of the concept will see the addition of new features, such as climate control, personal storage space and all-weather and road condition operation while preserving key elements of the original EN-V, such as the small footprint and maneuverability.
It will also retain its battery electric propulsion, connectivity and autonomous driving capabilities.
Below we report the official release published by GM after a recent media event for Chevrolet’s Centennial celebration.
From the official Press Release:
“By 2030, more than 60 percent of the world’s 8 billion people will live in urban areas,” said Chris Perry, vice president, global Chevrolet marketing and strategy.
“The Chevrolet EN-V represents a possible solution for global customers living in markets where alternative transportation solutions are needed.”
“The Chevrolet EN-V has the potential to reinvent transportation in key markets by creating a new vehicle DNA through the convergence of electrification and connectivity,” said Chris Borroni-Bird, GM’s director of Advanced Technology Vehicle Concepts.
“It provides an ideal solution for petroleum- and emission-free urban transportation that is free from congestion and crashes, and more fun and fashionable than ever before.”
In April, GM and the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development Co. Ltd. (SSTEC) signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on integrating the next-generation EN-V into the Tianjin Eco-City from a power, communications and physical infrastructure perspective.
Borroni-Bird said Chevrolet will explore other locations around the world – including the United States – for potential pilot programs.
The EN-V is a zero-emissions vehicle powered by lithium-ion batteries. Recharging from a conventional wall outlet using standard household power allows EN-V to travel at least 40 kilometers on a single charge, an acceptable range for most urban trips.
By combining GPS with vehicle-to-vehicle communications and distance-sensing technologies, the EN-V can be driven manually or autonomously. In autonomous mode, EN-V offers mobility to people who may not otherwise operate a vehicle. By leveraging wireless communications, it allows drivers and occupants to communicate hands-free with friends or business associates while on the go.
The ability to communicate with other vehicles and with the infrastructure could help EN-V significantly reduce the number of vehicle crashes and make it easier to find available parking spaces. It could also reduce traffic congestion by automatically selecting the fastest route based on real-time traffic information.
“This technology platform of electric propulsion, sensors, wireless communications and GPS-based navigation is likely to migrate from the EN-V concept to other automobiles and could lead the way to safer, cleaner vehicles in the future.” said Borroni-Bird.