Chevrolet had on display the en-v, short for Electric Networked-Vehicle, a personal mobility vehicle that can seat two. GM says it was designed to alleviate concerns surrounding traffic congestion, parking availability, air quality and affordability for tomorrow’s cities. The EN-V models were first unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2010. In line with the theme for this year’s Auto Expo, ‘Mobility for All’, which is essentially sustainable motoring, GM must have decided to have the year old concept on display.
The EN-V’s platform has evolved from the platform of 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 seamlessly connect to and power the various EN-Vs.
EN-V is propelled by electric motors in each of its two driving-mode wheels. Dynamic stabilization technology gives it the unique ability to carry two passengers and light cargo in a footprint that’s about a third of a traditional vehicle. If we understood the press briefing correctly, the EN-V can turn in a zero circle radius.Everything in EN-V is drive-by-wire, supporting its ability to operate autonomously or under manual control. The motors not only provide power for acceleration, but also bring the vehicle to a stop.
The EN-V uses Global Positioning System (GPS) with vehicle-to-vehicle communications and distance-sensing technologies to operate autonomously.
The body of the EN-V is constructed from carbon fiber, custom-tinted Lexan and acrylic, materials that are more commonly used in race cars, military airplanes and spacecraft because of their strength and lightweight characteristics.
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