Chevy EN-V Pod Thing Shows Up in China

Chevy EN-V electric vehicle

GM first made waves with its Chevy-badged EN-V electric city “car” back in 2011, but has remained fairly quiet on the EN-V front. Until this week, that is, when GM announced that an updated version of its Chevy EN-V electric pod-mobile would be on display in the Sino-Singapore Tianjin “Eco-City”.

Unlike the original and “version 2” concepts shown in 2011, the latest Chevy EN-V doesn’t use a Segway-like 2 wheel balancing system (although, to be fair, neither does Segway). In its place is a more conventional, lower-cost 4-wheel setup. Similarly, the “cockpit-style” hatch of the concept has given way to more traditional doors, and the styling is much less Tron and, to my eyes, much more Power Rangers.

“More Power Rangers,” by the way, is meant as a positive.

It’s hoped that urban EVs like the EN-V concept will be accepted in China, and work to help reduce the country’s horrific air pollution problems. You can check out Chevy’s official press release, below, and see some more pics of the latest EN-V at the bottom of the page.


GM to Demonstrate Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 in Tianjin Eco-City

SHANGHAI – General Motors today announced that it will begin demonstrating the Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 (Electric Networked-Vehicle) in the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City this week, signaling the company’s learning and progress in sustainable urban mobility.

The demonstration will help GM further understand consumers’ usage of low-speed transportation tools for their daily commute. During the two-week demonstration period, the EN-V 2.0s will be used in the National Animation Industry Park and Eco-Business Park inside the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City.

“This is a step forward to realize GM’s vision for sustainable urban mobility in a practical way,” said Matt Tsien, Executive Vice President of GM and GM China President. “We are pleased that GM’s partnership with the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Administrative Committee (ECAC) and Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development Co., Ltd. (SSTEC) can serve as the first step for realizing our vision in the real world. It represents GM’s commitment and effort to implement our ‘Roadmap to 2030’ that was rolled out following Expo 2010 in Shanghai.”

As an innovative zero-emission electric vehicle, the EN-V 2.0 aims to contribute to sustainable urban mobility by reducing congestion and pollution. Its concept was first introduced by GM at Expo 2010. The EN-V 2.0 represents an evolution, with improvements in design and engineering.

The pure electric vehicle can travel up to 40 kilometers on a single charge, which is more than adequate for the average urban commute. Parking space for a typical vehicle will be able to hold as many as four EN-V 2.0 vehicles.

“SSTEC is very pleased to work with GM and ECAC to explore green solutions to urban transportation challenges. We welcome GM’s decision to use the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City for the testing and demonstration of its new Electric Networked-Vehicle, and look forward to further expanding our cooperation with GM in the future,” said Ho Tong Yen, Chief Executive Officer of SSTEC.

The Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City is a landmark bilateral project between the governments of China and Singapore, with private-sector investment and development. Located in the Tianjin Binhai New Area (45 kilometers from Tianjin’s city center), the 30-square-kilometer Tianjin Eco-City is designed to create a harmonious and sustainable community that meets the needs of an urbanizing China. It aims to become a modern township where 350,000 residents can eventually work, live, play and learn.

SSTEC is the master developer for the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City. It is a 50-50 joint venture between a Chinese consortium led by Tianjin TEDA Investment Holding Co., Ltd. and a Singapore consortium led by the Keppel Group.


Source | Photos: GM, via Autoblog Green.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.