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GEM E2 Electric Cars

History [ edit ]

A GEM eLXD used by a street food vendor at the National Mall. Washington, D.C.

The company was founded in 1992 by a team of ex-General Motors engineers from Livonia, Michigan. under the name Trans2.

The company was purchased by a group of North Dakota investors and was moved to Fargo, North Dakota. Global Electric Motorcars manufactured its first vehicle in April 1998, a 48-volt GEM car that accommodated two passengers and had a top speed of 20 mph. Less than two months later, a significant breakthrough occurred in the market as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) designated a new class of motor vehicle, the low-speed vehicle, also known as the Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV). The low-speed vehicle class allowed GEM cars to be driven on public roads if they met certain safety criteria such as having safety belts, headlamps, windshield wipers, and safety glass.

GEM cars always come equipped with these safety features, making them a benchmark in the industry.

GEM battery-electric vehicles are street legal in nearly all 50 states on public roads posted at 35 mph (56 km/h) or less. With a top speed of 25 mph (40 km/h) GEM cars have a range of up to 30 miles (48 km) on a charge. They are battery-electric, operate on a 72-volt battery system and plug into a standard 110-volt outlet for recharging, and fully recharge in six to eight hours.

There are currently six different models of GEM cars available primarily suited for intra-city use. GEM cars are used by local, state and national government agencies, resorts, master-planned communities, universities, medical and corporate campuses, as well as by sports teams, taxi-shuttle services and individual consumers.

Timeline [ edit ]

April 1998

First GEM car produced in Fargo, North Dakota

October 1998

GEM eL first produced

November 1998

GEM eS first produced

December 1998

GEM e4 first produced

December 2000

DaimlerChrysler Corporation acquires Global Electric Motorcars, LLC

March 2004

2005 models begin production

June 2005

Global Electric Motorcars receives its ISO 9001 Certification

January 2006

GEM has 150 dealers

April 2006

GEM e6 first produced

September 2006

December 2007

Global Electric Motorcars celebrates its 10th Anniversary

GEM eL XD first produced

GEM E2 Electric Cars

June 2009

Global Electric Motorcars remains a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC

June 2010

Global Electric Motorcars introduces the new Right Hand Drive GEM electric vehicle

July 2011

Global Electric Motorcars is sold to Polaris

Vehicles [ edit ]

Gemcar has produced over 45,000 ev’s since 1998. [ 3 ]

Passenger Vehicles:

GEM e2 NEV — A two-passenger vehicle

GEM e4 NEV — A four-passenger vehicle

GEM e6 NEV — A six-passenger vehicle

Utility Vehicles:

GEM eS NEV — A two-passenger vehicle with a 39 x 48 flat bed with and a 330 pound cargo capacity.

GEM eL NEV — A two-passenger vehicle with a 70 x 48 flat bed with and a 700 pound cargo capacity.

GEM eL XD NEV— An extra-duty heavier duty version of the GEM eL with a 70 x 48 flat bed with and a 1,100 pound cargo capacity.

GEM E2 Electric Cars
GEM E2 Electric Cars

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