Chevrolet EN-V Concept - next generation gets a Bowtie badge
A big hit last year when it was introduced at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, GM's EN-V (Electric Networked-Vehicle) urban mobility module will have a future, albeit one with a Chevrolet designation. Chris Perry, vice president, global Chevrolet marketing and strategy, confirmed that a new and improved version of the two-passenger zero-emissions city car of the future is currently being worked on and that it, and all subsequent EN-V offerings will wear a Chevrolet badge. The announcement came mere weeks ahead of the division's 100th anniversary celebration that will take place on November 3rd. "By 2030, more than 60 percent of the world's 8 billion people will live in urban areas," said Perry. "The Chevrolet EN-V represents a possible solution for global customers living in markets where alternative transportation solutions are needed."
According to Perry, the still-diminutive Gen-II Chevrolet EN-V will be a more polished and user-friendly package, adding things like a climate control system, personal storage space and all-weather/all-road capability to its original feature set that included it's exceptional maneuverability, super-clean running and the ability to integrate its on-board GPS with car-to-car communications in a manner that allows for fully autonomous operation.
While no additional details were provided, the original EN-V was fitted with a lithium-ion battery pack that had enough power to let it travel up to 25 miles on a single charge and be replenished using a standard home wall outlet.
"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,"
Earlier this year, GM signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development Co. Ltd. (SSTEC) 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 also will explore the possibilities of launching EN-V pilot programs in other megacities around the world - including some in the United States. He's convinced the kind of interactive technology it introduces will have significant impact on increasing efficiency while decreasing the number of crashes, and not just in congested urban confines. "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."