May 1st marks the opening of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. It also marks General Motors introduction of the EN-V Concept vehicles to the public. Derived from the 2009 PUMA concepts that we saw stateside at the New York Auto Show (more here), these vehicles are the next phase in personal transportation—at least how GM see it.

2010 GM EN-V Concept

2010 GM EN-V Concept

2010 GM EN-V Concept

2010 GM EN-V Concept

The vehicles have not only been color-coded, but given Chinese names that reflect three different characteristics and in turn the enjoyment that can be found in the future of automotive transportation. The Xiao (blue), Jiao (red) and Miao (black) make up the collection of concepts represented by GM as EN-V. The acronym stands for Electric Networked-Vehicle. As you might have guessed these oval or egg-like vehicles are electric. You would also be correct if you assumed that GM hasn’t released any specifications for the powertrain that is to power theses personal EVs.

As another aside, the enjoyment part of these vehicles is also manifested in the Chinese names chosen by GM. Xiao represents Laugh, Jiao represents Pride and Milao represents Magic. So presto-change-o you could be riding around in something as Jetsons-like as this when your children are having children.

 

Be sure to check out what are partners over at TheCarConnection.com had to say about the EN-V here.  

 

[Source: Car and Driver]