The plan will create a model that will be used to widely integrate small EVs within the urban transportation network while strengthening the structure of urban environments with EV-sharing programs, according to CleanTechnica.
“We will apply these learnings to the development of future urban mobility transportation solutions, not just for China but for the world,” said GM executive vice president and president of GM China, Matt Tsien.
The Chevrolet EN-V 2.0, an update of GM’s Networked-Vehicle (EN-V) that debuted at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai, uses about a third of the footprint of a traditional late-model car, can travel up to 25 miles on a single charge, and is designed to utilize “the convergence of electrification and connectivity.” Or, in other words, it offers the mobility that many urban dwellers need to get from Point A to Point B while addressing issues like traffic congestion, parking, and pollution.
“Electric vehicles represent the transportation mode of the future, but the big topic now is how to develop them,” said the vice president of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Automotive Engineering School, Yin Chengliang. “This project will explore a model that integrates electric vehicles with the transportation network and intelligent transportation system.”