Segway powers EN-V with vision for 2030 transport at Expo 2010 Shanghai
Live from Shanghai, Segway is pleased to show the results of a collaboration with General Motors and its joint venture partner SAIC. At a media event in China today, the companies demonstrated three EN-V concept vehicles – all of which are powered by a Segway-developed chassis and electric drivetrain that take dynamic stabilization to a whole new level. The vehicles are our expression of the Expo’s theme “Better City, Better Life.”
You may recall last year in New York seeing an early version of what we’re unveiling today. The P.U.M.A. prototype was quickly developed as an early demonstration of what’s possible when you take the minimalist elegance of the Segway PT and apply it to multi-passenger vehicles. We’ve been working hard since then to add capability to get to what you see today in the EN-V vehicles: more power, more range, more speed, more payload, and the capability for autonomous operations, and interconnectivity.
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With the Segway PT, you get personal transportation like none other. It’s compact, clean, and even fun to use. With the EN-V, you get all that in a two-person package that sets the vision for transportation in 2030. Segway worked closely with GM to create a powerful platform that could stand up to the demands of repeated use throughout the Expo. We created it as an open platform for customization so the control and the dynamics can even be customized to the driver’s preferences.
How does it work?
Segway took a technological leap by linking the chassis containing the electronics, sensors, motors, and wheels by an articulated slide mechanism to a rectangular section that houses the batteries. That section contains the equivalent of eight standard Segway PT batteries that are joined to function as one. They’re clean when in use and overall, the vehicle is about five times as energy efficient as the average U.S. passenger car. The battery section is also the mount point for the coaches, which were designed by three different GM design studios around the world.
Courtesy of Aquila Productions for GM