The EN-V (Electronic Networked-Vehicle) was introduced in Shanghai as a future transport solution for crowded urban areas.
The three designs from teams around the world – whose names translate as Pride, Magic and Laugh – are two-seat, two wheel electric vehicles capable of travelling 40 kilometres on a single charge.
Thanks to GPS-based navigation, sensors and advanced futuristic safety systems, the EN-V would prevent collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians.
The result is a lightweight vehicle weighing less than 500kg with 360 degree manoeuvrability. All EV-V vehicles will be able to communicate with each other, meaning drivers can receive traffic information and avoid problem areas.
Although the concept is far from reality, GM has said the EN-V is a useful exploration of future propulsion and safety technology for urban travel.
The Vauxhall Ampera meanwhile, will become a reality when it is introduced to the UK in 2012, indicating GM’s commitment to low-CO2 technology.