G.M. and its strategic partner, the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, have come together to create what might be the future of Urban transportation. They unveiled the EN-V, a futuristic personal mobility vehicle that uses the P.U.M.A. platform (a joint project with Segway)
According to G.M., by 2030 more than 60 percent of the world’s population will reside in urban environments. Public transportation will not be able to meet the demands of this growing populace, the automaker said. No speed demon, the diminutive EN-V — a sixth the size of a standard passenger car — has a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour and a 25-mile range. G.M. said the car would work well in large metro areas, where half of all trips are three miles or less and 28 percent are one mile or less. In cities, more than 85 percent of vehicles have only one occupant.
At some point we will have to break free of our dependence on oil.