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GM Unveils EN-V 2.0 In Beijing

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On: Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 12:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

GM Unveils EN-V 2.0 In Beijing

GM updated its pod-like EN-V personal transporter at this week's Beijing Motor Show. Originally shown at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai, the EN-V gets a few driver-centric updates to make it a little more comfortable and functional.

Having not seen the EN-V in over a year, we were kind of hoping that it just disappeared into the land of forgotten bad ideas. But it looks like GM is still stuck on the whole personal mobility thing. I suppose in China, the world's most populous country, it might actually make some sense. But it's still a rather atrocious, embarrassing way to travel around.

The Chevy EN-V 2.0, as GM calls it, is a minor update to the original 2010 EN-V two-person mobility device. The updated model gets cargo space and internal climate controls. It's also ruggedized to allow for driving in all weather and city road conditions.

Other than those minor updates, it's basically the same Electric Networked Vehicle that we saw in 2010. The device uses a pair of electric motors (one per wheel) to provide both motion and braking. The motors receive power from lithium-ion-phosphate batteries.

GM envisions the vehicle as a logical solution for transportation problems in densely populated urban areas. The electric pod saves space and allows for efficient, emissions free transportation within crowded urban spaces. As built for the World Expo, the EN-V provided up to 25 miles of range and 25 mph of speed.

GM plans to use the EN-V 2.0 in pilot studies around China.


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