we think of GM vehicles today, images of tire-shredding Camaros and
Corvettes, mom-mobile Suburbans, sedate Malibus, or ballin' Escalades.
However, in the future, it may not be feasible to drive such vehicles
in highly congested urban city centers. As a result, GM has unveiled
three new concept vehicles that aim to transport people with minimal
waste, and with a small footprint.
three Electric Networked-Vehicle (EN-V) concepts showcase what may be
needed by the year 2030 when an estimated 60 percent of the world's population will be living in urban areas. The vehicles ride on two
wheels and leverage
technology gleaned from the folks at Segway.
future of how we move around in urban areas like Shanghai can combine
the best of personal mobility and public transit. There is a better
solution and it is called EN-V,” said Alan Taub, Global VP of GM
Research and Development. "It demonstrates that we have both the
knowledge and the ability right now to create a way to move people
that not only ensures a ‘better city’ but also offers people a
to GM, the vehicles have electric motors in each wheel and are
powered by lithium-ion batteries. The vehicles have enough battery
capacity to travel 25 miles on a single charge. When the battery is
depleted, the EN-V can be charged from a standard household outlet.
also notes that due to GPS and vehicle-to-vehicle communications, the
vehicle an also travel to destinations autonomously.
EN-V concept represents a major breakthrough in the research that GM
has been doing to bring vehicle autonomy to life,” added Taub.
“The building blocks that enable the autonomous capabilities found
on the EN-V concept such as lane departure warning, blind zone
detection and adaptive cruise control are being used in some GM
vehicles on the road today.”
EN-V weighs just 1,100 pounds, is just 59 inches long, and is
constructed from carbon fiber and lexan.