2011 NAIAS: GM EN-V Concepts [Live Photos]
The EN-V concepts were developed with help from Chinese partner Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp on the 2009 P.U.M.A. platform, which was resulted from a tie-up with balancing two-wheeler specialist Segway. Their names represent three different characteristics that emphasize the enjoyable nature of future transportation: Jiao (Pride), Miao (Magic) and Xiao (Laugh). Jiao, the blue one, was designed in Australia by Holden, Miao (the black and grey two-wheeler) was designed at GM's studio in California and Xiao (the one in red) was designed in Europe.
"EN-V reinvents the automobile by creating a new vehicle DNA through the convergence of electrification and connectivity. It provides an ideal solution for urban mobility that enables future driving to be free from petroleum and emissions, free from congestion and accidents, and more fun and fashionable than ever before," said Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group.
Two electric motors power each of the EN-V’s driving wheels. Power for the motors is provided by lithium-ion batteries, giving the vehicles a range of up to 40 kilometers (24 km) on a single charge. Recharging can occur from a conventional wall outlet using standard household power. The concepts could also improve the efficiency of the public electric infrastructure, since the vehicles will communicate with the electric grid to determine the best time to recharge based on overall usage.
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