The basic premise of the EN-V was that it’s small footprint and zero-emissions electric drive system would make it a great urban commuter. The range would be extremely limited, around 40 km/25 miles, and it could only hold two people and cargo space would be at a premium. But a connected network would allow the EN-V to navigate itself, or join a “train” of other EN-V’s en route to the same location (or at least nearby.) Which sounds perfect to me, as I don’t think anybody can drive well these days (except for myself, of course.)
Another bonus to the small size (about 5’ by 5’) is that five of these can fit in the average parking space. I bet they could be highly modifiable too; if you think all those Hondas with coffee-can mufflers are bad now, wait until you’ve got one of these little pods weaving in and out of traffic at a top speed of…25 mph. Ok, so it ain’t fast.
But with a Chevy bowtie on it, you just know people would be looking to crank up the amps, so to speak. I’m pretty excited to see GM working on something other than cars and actually taking it seriously, though whether or not it ever comes to market remains to be seen. But a 2nd generation of these people pods is certainly an encouraging sign.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.