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The $6995 electric: Not slow, but easily intimidated,

The reason DaimlerChrysler’s Global Motorcars (GEM) subsidiary can be in is the National Highway Traffic Administration’s 1998 creation of the Low Vehicle (LSV) standard. LSV is of a cheat, a way to make electric viable by eliminating every in their way. All those regulations about side-impact beams, airbags, substantial and extensive crash testing? ’em. As long as your vehicle is capable of 20 mph (but not than 25), doesn’t on roads with speed over 35, and runs on electricity, exempt.

These limited-use vehicles help manufacturers meet draconian Zero-Emission Vehicle This despite the fact LSVs are far from what you call real cars. a regular car with an LSV is like a race between Edwin and John Goodmanin which hurdle in Moses’ way is eight tall and Goodman gets a head start.

And then loses.

The big news on the 2002 GEM is the in horsepower of the 72-volt, GE-built DC from 3.5 to 5.0, as well as a new a revised interior, and new fiberglass On a percentage basis, that power is the same as a Corvette from 350 to 500 horsepower! In absolute it’s like having a hedge-trimmer motor aboard. with more aggressive the result is an 1100-to-1280-pound machine not heinously slow.

It reaches its 25-mph top speed as the traffic packed behind it is to move into another and around.

At low speeds, the manual steering is heavy, but it lightens up as velocity is approached. The four-passenger 165/75R-12 tires don’t quickly to steering inputs, but the hydraulic drum brakes things to a halt well The 101.1-inch wheelbase and independent-front and suspension of the four-seater model a decent ride.

At 10 inches wider than a cart (a total of 55 inches), the GEM two across comfortably. The interior now a glove compartment, but still are such amenities as self-canceling signals and a ventilation system of any The decoration is more hose-it-out than thermoplastic charming, but the car is limited by its maximum 35-mile (often less, depending on and weather conditions), no one will more than an hour or so in it at a The new single-hinge thermoplastic doors no structure beyond the shell and close against press-fit

The plastic side windows up with a cheesy plastic at the top of the door, keeping out weather but not

GEM offers its vehicles in two- and versions and various utility with prices starting at For use in a planned community with traffic, they could be But on regular roads, GEM drivers can be by Hyundais, and fully charging the six industrial batteries takes six to hours on a 110-volt current.

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And $6995 can buy about 10 junky Oldsmobile Omegasany one of which be less unnerving in traffic.

Global Electric Motorcars, North Dakota

Vehicle front-engine; front-wheel-drive; 2-4-passenger; 0-, 2-, or cart

Price: $6995-$8995

Motor: DC electric powered by six 12-volt batteries

Power (SAE 5 bhp @ 4500 rpm

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