When GM showed off the second generation EN-V Concept — Electric Networked-Vehicle — at the Beijing Auto Show last week, we weren’t surprised to see evolutionary improvements to the automaker’s vision for the future of personal transportation. For the uninitiated, the upgrades to the electric Chevy-branded bubble consist of in-vehicle climate control, storage areas for belongings, and the ability to drive in all weather conditions and city roads. But if you didn’t attend the show, you didn’t see this little-bubble-of-the-future in motion.
Watch this video for some presentation highlights featuring President and Managing Director of GM China Group, Kevin Wale, as he introduces the EN-V 2.0. If you wait until the 1:00 mark, you’ll see some very impressive maneuvering action alongside some real-world driving:
GM is set to roll out prototype models of the EN-V 2.0 for pilot studies throughout China in the near future. The vehicle promises all kinds of technological wizardry, including wireless communication that enables a social network that has the ability to be used by drivers and passengers to communicate while on the go. Here’s more from Mr. Wale himself.
“We’re very excited about EN-V 2.0 concept, which embodies the essence of its predecessor but was evolved into a more practical design for real-life use. The combination of sensing technology, wireless communication and GPS-based navigation establishes a technology foundation, pieces of which could potentially lead the way to the creation of future advanced vehicle systems.”
The GM Authority Take
The two-seater still seems like a long ways off from being available at your local Chevy dealer, even if you do live in a congested urban environment… but it’s never a bad idea to at least think of — and plan for — the future. And with “corners like it’s on rails” qualities like these, we have to ask… what are the wheelbase and track measurements of this thing?