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GM EN-V Concept at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai: GM shows a self-driving electric car

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GM EN-V Concept at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai
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D en EN-V General Motors developed Concept together with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. Group (SAIC). The aim was to design a vehicle for urban traffic that manages without local emissions and takes up as little parking space as possible.

With the EN-V, GM is showing an electric concept vehicle for the city

The only 1.5 meter long and round one The EN-V, which weighs 400 kilograms, should be characterized by its maneuverability and environmentally friendly drive. According to GM, the turning circle of just 1.74 meters should be many times smaller than that of conventional cars. The concept vehicle counteracts parking problems in large cities with its extremely compact dimensions.

Two electric motors provide propulsion, each of which drives a wheel independently of one another and brings it to 440 Nm and 18 kW. With a full charge of the lithium-ion batteries, the EN-V Concept should be able to cover a maximum of 40 kilometers with a speed of up to 40 km /h. It offers space for two people and light luggage. The platform of the Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility (P.U.M.A.) developed by Segway and presented by GM and Segway in 2009 serves as the basis. As with the PUMA, the EN-V Concept also uses drive-by-wire technology to control the accelerator and steering.

The EN-V drives fully automatically

The abbreviation EN-V stands for Electric Networked Vehicle. Because the concept vehicle, which General Motors is presenting in Shanghai in three designs, can communicate with other vehicles and with its surroundings. This should not only create a social network between the individual drivers. If required, the EN-V can navigate the fastest route to the destination, which is intended to reduce traffic jams, and automatically searches for the nearest charging station if necessary.

The real highlight of the concept vehicle, however, is its ability to drive purely automatically. The EN-V actively perceives its surroundings by means of numerous sensors and should be able to react to all circumstances. This is to avoid accidents. GM already had a similar technology in 2007 in a Chevrolet Tahoe installed, which served as a test carrier for autonomous driving. GM is also working with Carnegie to develop this technologyMellon University in Pittsburgh.

Three GM design teams tailored different clothes for the EN-V

The three concept vehicles presented in Shanghai were different Drawn by designers. The 'Xiao' ('Laughter') comes from the pen of the GM Holden design team in Australia, the lines of the 'Jiao' ('pride') were designed by GM Europe and the dress of the 'Miao' ('magic') was allowed try the designers at General Motors Advanced Design Studio in California. The body of the EN-V is made of carbon fiber, Lexan and acrylic.

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