Segway & General Motors produce the future of urban cars?

Contrast this image with any arterial road in London on a Saturday evening.

This is the EN-V Project by Segway, in partnership with General Motors. A small, two-seater car that runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, it can run for about 25 miles on a full charge and has a top speed of 25 mph (which is practically super charged in comparison to the average speed of moving vehicles in central London traffic).

EN-V, short for Electric Networked-Vehicle, sets a vision for transportation in 2030. So far, there are 3 in the EN-V family: Jiao (Pride), Xiao (Laugh), and Miao (Magic). Designed by General Motors’ design studios in Germany, Australia, and the US, each is built from carbon fiber to have its own personality and function. They’re all built upon the same Segway-powered drivetrain chassis.

As a fast car enthusiast, it might be surprising that I am now an EN-V convert.

Cities, London in particular, are clogged, saturated and ramajammed with cars and pollution. As a city dweller and impatient type, getting from A to B in an efficient and timely manner is important to me and it’s clear that a Capital full of oversized vehicles, stationary more often than they are moving, chucking out black clouds of filthy gas, is not operating as cleverly as it could. These futuristic little car bots could well be the way forward. Watch them in action by clicking here.

Keep your Audi R8 for the weekends to rip up the route to the blissfully inefficient and wantonly slow countryside.

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