Monday, July 11, 2011
There will be more than 1.2 billion cars on the earth in 30 years.
By 2030, 60% of the world’s population will live in urban areas.
China’s estimated urban population will reach 1 billion by 2030.
In megacities, 30% of fuel is wasted while drivers look for a parking spot (costing the average commuter an extra RMB 336 per month) and 70% of vehicle owners have trouble finding parking at least once per day.
Today’s cars require more than 10 square meters of parking space and are parked more than 90% of the time.
Half of all trips in metropolitan areas are 5 kilometers or less and 28% are 1.6 kilometers or less.
In cities, more than 85% of vehicles have one occupant.
One-fifth to one-sixth the price of a conventional motor vehicle. One-third to one-fourth the operating cost of a passenger car. Can be driven 24,000 kilometers for RMB 840 (based on current electricity rates in China).
EN-V is short for Electric Networked Vehicle. Leverages electrification and connectivity, creating a new class of personal urban mobility. Connectivity separates EN-V from other electric vehicles. Autonomous driving, parking and retrieval with advanced sensors and drive-by-wire systems. Uses electricity supplied by a lithium-ion phosphate battery and can be recharged using ordinary outlets. Maximum speed of 40 kph and range of 40 kilometers, which is more than required by the average urban commuter. One-sixth the size of a regular passenger car and a 1.74-meter turning radius. Two-wheel drive, accommodates two passengers.