So what better place to showcase the evolved EN-V than at the Tianjin Eco-City? The Eco-City is being developed as a planned urban space with eco-consciousness built in. The joint venture between China and Singapore offers an alternative to country living and smog-filled cities. Tianjin Eco-City, slated to be completed by 2020, will be able to offer 350,000 inhabitants clean air and water, renewable energy, green transportation and living spaces and, if all goes as planned, jobs for 50 percent of the residents. Currently, only about three square kilometers of the planned 30 square kilometers have been built, with only about 6,000 permanent residents, but there's still time.
The EN-V 2.0, as the "Networked" part of its name suggests, not only features mobile internet, but can communicate with other cars around it. Along with GPS and built-in sensors, this connection between vehicles allows the car to drive autonomously (at least in theory - again, there's still time). This is ideal in an urban environment where congestion can be a major issue. The EN-V 2.0 improves upon the original concept with climate control, storage space and all-weather capability, which also make life more bearable and daily commuting possible. We first saw renderings of the updated vehicle in 2012.
The Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 will be used in the Eco-City's National Animation Industry Park and Eco-Business Park of the course of the two-week demonstration. Read on below for more in the press release from GM.
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.
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