On the theme of fuel-efficient car news today, General Motors has unveiled a new, rather strange-looking EV concept called the Chevrolet EN-V, or Electric Networked-Vehicle. It’s got two seats and showcases an autonomous driving function with the help of a sophisticated satellite navigation and sensor system.
GM first revealed a similar concept in 2010 at the Shanghai Auto show. After a few revisions both visually and mechanically, GM is saying a form of this concept could be headed for production. Chris Perry, vice president, global Chevrolet marketing and strategy, said yesterday,
“For 100 years, the Chevrolet brand has been focused on making advanced technology that improves customers’ lives accessible and affordable, and the Chevrolet EN-V will continue that tradition.
“By 2030, more than 60 per cent of the world’s 8 billion people will live in urban areas. The Chevrolet EN-V represents a possible solution for global customers living in markets where alternative transportation solutions are needed.”
The Chevrolet EN-V features a fully electric lithium-ion powered powertrain capable of providing a full-charge range of around 40km. It also features a futuristic body design, climate control and ‘personal storage space’. How much exactly hasn’t been mentioned.
GM also says that the Chevrolet EN-V uses an array of sensors and a GPS-driven vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology which allow the EN-V to drive all by itself. GM says this would allow commuters to engage in meetings and so on, hands-free, while on the go. Borroni-Bird, GM’s director of Advanced Technology Vehicle Concepts, said,
“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.”
Take a look at the video below for a virtual demonstration.
What do you think of it? Is it an accurate representation of the future do you think? Feel free to give us your thoughts in the comments section below.