Wearing its new Chevrolet bow tie, General Motors showed a slightly improved EN-V 2.0 mobility concept at Auto China 2012 in Beijing.
First revealed in Shanghai at the World Expo 2010, the EN-V (Electric Networked-Vehicle) personal mobility concept is a two-seat vehicle that features an autonomous driving system which utilizes GPS navigation, various exterior sensors and vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology. The electric powertrain provides approximately 40 km (25 miles) range on a single charge.
The EN-V concept was developed to see if such a vehicle could alleviate traffic congestion, parking availability, air quality and affordability for growing cities.
The slightly improved EN-V 2.0 concept adds revised exterior design and real world convenience items such as in-vehicle climate control and personal storage space. Furthermore, the EN-V 2.0 concept is now capable of driving in all weather and city road conditions as it now has four wheels.
"Our designers and engineers are exploring a range of options for turning the EN-V concept into a reality," said Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group. "The EN-V 2.0 concept would use technologies such as the mobility Internet, electrification and telematics to help change the automotive landscape and ensure a sustainable future for our industry,"
GM is planning to launch pilot studies throughout China with the EN-V 2.0 prototype models.