Holden has developed its vision for the future of city motoring, the EN-V concept
The EN-V concept is set to be showcased to the world at this year’s International Expo in Shanghai, China.
A creation of Holden’s Port Melbourne design studio over 15 months, the Electric Networked-Vehicle (EN-V) is a zero emissions, self-driving, two-wheel concept developed to help overcome big city issues of traffic congestion, parking availability and air quality.
Holden’s work is one of three EN-V concepts developed by GM design studios from around the world. Each features its own unique design theme that points to future transport trends. Holden’s small, pod-like design was developed according to the theme of “cute and friendly”, which Holden says emphasises the enjoyable nature of future motoring. In Chinese it is known as Xiao, meaning to “to laugh”.
The EN-V was produced in partnership with innovative urban transport manufacturer, Segway, and is powered by electric motors in each of its two wheels. The motors provide power for acceleration and braking and cater for a travel range of at least 40 kilometres per charge. Global positioning technology allows the EN-V to be driven by the occupant or via an onboard computer system that chooses the fastest route based on real-time traffic information.
Holden Design Director Tony Stolfo said the EN-V project was carried out by many young designers within the Holden studio. “This work has really broken the mould of the projects we undertake within the Holden design studio,” Stolfo said. “The fact that our young designers were able to run with this project and develop it to such a high level really speaks volumes for the advanced design capabilities within Australia.
“It has meant moving away from designing the traditional elements of a motor vehicle to develop new themes and technologies that might someday define the way we live our lives.
“Much of what we have learned during this project will help us in our ongoing efforts to meet the many transport challenges associated with a growing population.”