EN V electric networked car concept by GM begins pilot testing
 
EN V electric networked car concept by GM begins pilot testing
oct 14, 2011

EN V electric networked car concept by GM begins pilot testing

GM plans to begin pilot testing of its ‘EN-V’ networked electric concept cars

general motors (GM) is beginning urban pilot programs for its ‘EN-V’ zero-emissions concept vehicles, to determine the real-world practicality of the cars. testing is planned to begin in the experimental sino-singapore tianjin eco-city outside of tianjin, china, although chevrolet is investigating other locations both internationally and in the US for potential pilot programs.

moved under the purview of GM’s chevrolet brand, the ‘EN-V’ includes three models of two-seater electric urban vehicles. all are powered by lithium-ion batteries that recharge from conventional outlets to a range of 25 miles (40 km). in addition to manual mode, an autonomous mode is connected to intravehicle communications and traffic infrastructure, permitting the vehicle be used by people otherwise unable to drive as well as offering future options for route optimization based on traffic, knowledge of the state of the electric grid to determine recharging times,  and assistance in the finding of available parking spaces.

originally showcased at the 2010 shanghai motor show, the car designs themselves represent ‘jiao’ (pride),’miao’ (magic), and ‘xiao’ (laugh), and are overviewed in this designboom article.

EN V electric networked car concept by GM begins pilot testing test drive of the ‘jiao’ EN-V model in las vegas, USA

EN V electric networked car concept by GM begins pilot testing front view, ‘xiao’

EN V electric networked car concept by GM begins pilot testing rear view, ‘xiao’

EN V electric networked car concept by GM begins pilot testing interior view

EN V electric networked car concept by GM begins pilot testing interior detail on control console

concept video

EN V electric networked car concept by GM begins pilot testing cut-away view of the internal structure

  • I hope you dont need to go anywhere more than 12 miles away or your not coming back.

    ds
  • Thats the fear, that we all end up in a world like this. The houses will be similar to the EN-V and the city covered by a huge dome–which we can never leave. And here we are.

    charles
  • Is there a way to roll down the windows in case of suffocation?

    zozo
  • Interesting, and unique response to Mike & Maaike, but the one thing that was unrealistic in the video is it never showed cyclists. Are they saying that this replaces the bicycle? So how fast does one of these go? And why is it better then a bicycle = physical workout, mental workout, portability, easy to park/store vs. 2 person electric vehicle = no workout, no mental workout/ self automated, horrible to look at, wasteful in materials and manufacture etc. etc. etc.

    gimmy
  • the MIT media lab version looks better:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1MSMj08BVU

    LML
  • they look so slow and fragile.

    maru
  • Muy aterrizado, la viabilidad no está lejos!! muy cerca veo la industrialización de esta utopia!!

    John Montoya
  • Looks like a world I definitly dont wanna live in!!!!

    rob
  • Looks like optimus prime lost his head! I love it

    WillyHarbs
  • Finally something interesting in the auto-mobile industry.
    I’ve been dreaming of this for ages and I hope to be able do live long enough to “drive” one.

    Congratulations on the project.

    Telmo Silva

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