GM begins work on the next-generation EN-V Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 12, 2011

General Motors is prepared to offer any type of vehicles and today announced that the work on the next-generation EN-V concept vehicle has begun. According to Chris Perry, vice president, global Chevrolet marketing and strategy, the upcoming EN-V concepts will carry a Chevrolet badge. Short for Electric Networked-Vehicle, the EN-V is a two-seat electric urban mobility concept that promises to maintain the basic principle of personal mobility – freedom.

The first EN-V Concept was unveiled back in 2010 at the Shanghai World Expo and was designed to help alleviate traffic congestion, parking, safety concerns and energy consumption. According to General Motors, the next EN-V Concept will add new features such as climate control, personal storage space and all-weather and road condition.

“The Chevrolet EN-V has the potential to reinvent transportation in key markets by creating a new vehicle DNA through the convergence of electrification and connectivity,” said Chris Borroni-Bird, GM’s director of Advanced Technology Vehicle Concepts. “It provides an ideal solution for petroleum- and emission-free urban transportation that is free from congestion and crashes, and more fun and fashionable than ever before,”

General Motors has a goal of ensuring that it would meet the increasing demand on personal transport as it relates to connectivity, safety, and zero-emissions. As such, GM is currently in development of the next-generation of the EN-V concept vehicle, or an Electric Networked-Vehicle. The company hopes that it would be able to join in the pilot demonstration programs designed to test practicality in the real-world and conducted in megacities worldwide.

The result of this is the two-seater Chevrolet EN-V, which has received critical acclaim, and offers electric mobility in urban areas while continuing to have the basic idea when it comes to personal mobility, which is freedom. This new generation EN-V will have the features that many customers want like climate control and being able to operate regardless of the road condition or weather. It also offers excellent personal storage space.

Even with all these qualities, it still has the important elements that were present on the first-generation EN-V such as the ability to offer manoeuvrability and have a small footprint. Battery electric propulsion is there as well, much like the autonomous driving capabilities, and connectivity.

The EN-V was first unveiled during the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and became one of the stars. With its release, the company hopes to not only deal with environment-related issues but at the same time improve energy consumption, parking, safety concerns, and traffic congestion. Global Chevrolet marketing and strategy vice-president Chris Perry revealed that future versions of the EN-V will have the Chevrolet badge.

This statement was released on Wednesday to the media, ahead of the Nov. 3 Centennial celebration of Chevrolet. Perry added by saying that for almost a century, the brand has been putting emphasis on creating advanced technology aimed at enhancing the lives of the customers by making it affordable and accessible. He continued by saying that the new Chevrolet EN-V is expected to follow in that tradition.

Director of Advanced Technology Vehicle Concepts at GM Chris Borroni-Bird said that the EN-V has the opportunity to change transportation in significant markets by having a new design DNA that shows a mix of connectivity and electrification.

He added that the new EN-V is a crucial aspect in implementing a petroleum-based transportation that is emission free. Furthermore, this method significantly reduces the risk of crashes and congestions while maintaining a more chic and fun image compared to the prior models. VP Perry added, saying the company hopes that by 2030, at least 60% of the 8-million population will be located in urban areas. The new Chevrolet EN-V is a good option for customers who are in markets where the need of alternative transportation is present, he said.

Press Release

WORK ON NEXT-GENERATION EN-V CONCEPT BEGINS

Work on the next-generation EN-V concept vehicle, representing General Motors’ vision to meet the growing demand for safe, connected, zero-emissions personal transportation could participate in pilot demonstration programs in megacities around the world to determine real-world practicality.

In addition, future EN-V concepts will carry a Chevrolet badge, Chris Perry, vice president, global Chevrolet marketing and strategy, told media on Wednesday in advance of Chevrolet’s Nov. 3 Centennial celebration.

“For 100 years, the Chevrolet brand has been focused on making advanced technology that improves customers’ lives accessible and affordable, and the Chevrolet EN-V will continue that tradition,” said Perry.

“By 2030, more than 60 percent of the world’s 8 billion people will live in urban areas,” said Perry. “The Chevrolet EN-V represents a possible solution for global customers living in markets where alternative transportation solutions are needed.”

The award-winning Chevrolet EN-V, short for Electric Networked-Vehicle, is a two-seat, electric urban mobility concept that maintains the basic principle of personal mobility – freedom.

One of the stars of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, EN-V was designed to address environmental issues and help alleviate traffic congestion, parking, safety concerns and energy consumption.

The next-generation Chevrolet EN-V concept will add new features that customers need, such as climate control, personal storage space and all-weather and road condition operation while preserving key elements of the original EN-V, such as the small footprint and maneuverability. It will also retain its battery electric propulsion, connectivity and autonomous driving capabilities.

“The Chevrolet EN-V has the potential to reinvent transportation in key markets by creating a new vehicle DNA through the convergence of electrification and connectivity,” said Chris Borroni-Bird, GM’s director of Advanced Technology Vehicle Concepts. “It provides an ideal solution for petroleum- and emission-free urban transportation that is free from congestion and crashes, and more fun and fashionable than ever before,”

In April, GM and the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development Co. Ltd. (SSTEC) signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on integrating the next-generation EN-V into the Tianjin Eco-City from a power, communications and physical infrastructure perspective.

Borroni-Bird said Chevrolet will explore other locations around the world – including the United States – for potential pilot programs.

The EN-V is a zero-emissions vehicle powered by lithium-ion batteries. Recharging from a conventional wall outlet using standard household power allows EN-V to travel at least 40 kilometers on a single charge, an acceptable range for most urban trips.

By combining GPS with vehicle-to-vehicle communications and distance-sensing technologies, the EN-V can be driven manually or autonomously. In autonomous mode, EN-V offers mobility to people who may not otherwise operate a vehicle. By leveraging wireless communications, it allows drivers and occupants to communicate hands-free with friends or business associates while on the go.

The ability to communicate with other vehicles and with the infrastructure could help EN-V significantly reduce the number of vehicle crashes and make it easier to find available parking spaces. It could also reduce traffic congestion by automatically selecting the fastest route based on real-time traffic information.

“This technology platform of electric propulsion, sensors, wireless communications and GPS-based navigation is likely to migrate from the EN-V concept to other automobiles and could lead the way to safer, cleaner vehicles in the future,” said Borroni-Bird.

Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 140 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers "gas-friendly solutions including Cruze Eco and Volt. Cruze Eco offers 42 mpg highway while Volt offers 35 miles of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 344 miles of extended gasoline range, according to EPA estimates. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models, fuel solutions, and OnStar availability can be found at

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