GM EN-V Makes It into China Hot 100 List
The EN-V (Electric Networked-Vehicle) presented itself in three forms at the World Expo, all as an evolution of the Project P.U.M.A. (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility) presented by GM and Segway back in April 2009: Xiao (Laugh, designed by GM Holden’s design team in Australia), Jiao (Pride, created by designers at GM Europe) and Miao (Magic, designed at the General Motors Advanced Design Studio in California). All three are included in the top 100.
Jiao has been named Modern Concept Car of the Year because, like a woman dressed in red, it is a fashion leader on the road, says the magazine. Xiao, a source of happiness, is a new trend in autonomous drive, while Miao is ideal for urban travel, presenting the coolest way to open a car door.
All EN-Vs have electric motors in each of its two driving-mode wheels, with a dynamic stabilization system used to balance the vehicle. It is one third of the size a traditional vehicle and it can “turn on a dime” within its own operating envelope.
The bodies of the vehicles are made of carbon fiber, custom-tinted Lexan and acrylic materials, weighing less than 500 kilograms. Its size (1.5 meters in length) allows it to be ideal for use in densely populated cities, especially in the very crowded streets of the future.