GM's radical EN-V electric pods will take part in a real-world trial from 2012

A real-world trial of 100 General Motors EN-V two-seat electric ‘pod’ cars is being planned for late 2012.

The trial will move development of the EN-V urban transport pod, first shown at the Shanghai Expo last year, into a new phase.

Read the full story on GM's EN-V concepts

GM plans to finesse the styling, develop the sophisticated network communication system and engineer an alternative powerpack to replace the two-wheel Segway ‘skateboard’ used in the concepts with a more conventional three-wheel or four-wheel set-up.

GM wants to test the cars in a one-square-mile site free of other vehicles, such as a ground-up new city or Olympic village.

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