GM gears EN-V for urban environments

Web video of General Motors' new EN-V concept car. GM's Chris Borroni-Bird explains how the zero-emission vehicle will change transportation in the future.

Artist's rendering of the Xiao (Laugh) version of the EN-V General Motors

The first time we saw General Motors' EN-V concept vehicle was a couple of weeks ago when it was unveiled in Shanghai, China.

In this YouTube video, Chris Borroni-Bird, director of EN-V program, explains how GM designed the vehicle to change the way urban dwellers get around the city.

EN-V's platform evolved from the Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility prototype that  Segway developed--it even looks like a Segway in a bubble. Segway and GM partnered to develop and deliver multiple copies of the drivetrain platform that seamlessly connect to and power the various EN-Vs, according to a GM news release.

The EN-V is propelled by electric motors in each of its two driving-mode wheels. Lithium ion batteries power the motors, which produce no emissions.

The vehicle combines a GPS  with vehicle-to-vehicle communications and distance-sensing technologies so that the EN-V concept can be driven manually and autonomously. This capability offers the promise of reducing traffic congestion by allowing EN-V to automatically select the fastest route based on real-time traffic information.

About the author

Suzanne Ashe has been covering technology, gadgets, video games, and cars for several years. In addition to writing features and reviews for magazines and Web sites, she has contributed to daily newspapers.

 

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