What if the Segway became a car?


The “EN-V” (for Electric Networked Vehicle) is the futuristic electric car project designed by General Motors and Shanghai Automotive, for urban dwellers.  It is based on the P.U.M.A concept in a partnership with Segway.  Three prototypes (called Jiao (Pride), Miao (Magic) and Xiao (Laughter)) were presented in Shanghai last month.  These vehicles are made of carbon fiber and equipped with two 3-kilowatt electric motors (one for each wheel), can reach a speed of 25 miles per hour and can be autonomous for some 25 miles.  They use a GPS system and a “vehicle to vehicle” communication system that allows various “EN-V” users to interact, in order to avoid collisions.  This project may be tested on university campuses before being introduced to the general public, sometime between 2020-2030!

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