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My electric car is a GEM

AP Photo/Eric Risberg A Electric Motorcar, GEM car, down Lombard Street, the street in San Francisco in 2004.

It was a coincidence that I drove our electric car, a 2002 to work on Earth Day.

the weekend I retrieved it from our garage where it had been in for the winter (thanks Jeff and My wife, Amy, restored the on it Monday.

The GEM is a fun car to drive, but it’s not for I know it annoys hurried on some streets as it scoots at a top speed of 25 mph.

That’s a of a (computer-governed) speed limit set by the law that authorized the use of cars the GEM, which are classified as Electric Vehicles.

I get a lot of questions about the GEM, so take a minute to answer a few of the common ones:

Is that a car?

This is the most asked question I get from who pull up beside me. I usually that it is a real electric

Where can you drive it?

The car is legal to on any road where the posted limit is less than We tend to stick to roads are 25-30 mph. On four-lane we ride on the right whenever

How far can it go between charges?

It’s to go 30 miles, but we rarely go more 15. The batteries are five years old and 30 would probably require them.

So, it’s all electric?

It uses six standard wet batteries those commonly used on and golf carts. We plug it the standard outlet in our garage it’s at home. The Press me permission to plug it in at an outlet in our lot while I’m at work.

it costs pennies.

Do you feel in that thing?

By and large, My wife and kids often use it (it has belts and we can use a child seat in I see it as less dangerous than a bike with a kids’ certainly less dangerous a motorcycle or moped.

I also try to drive the GEM with caution.

How much did it cost?

It was used in 2003 for about New ones start at about $9,700 for a four-seater like Insurance and licensing fees are to other small cars.

Is the same thing the city enforcers drive?

Yep, Rapids parking enforcement drive newer two-seat with hard doors and Ours has ugly zip-on doors and no heater, so we store it October to April.

Did you replace your regular


No. Normally I also drive a wagon. My wife has a minivan. We a one-car garage with a driveway. Things can get ugly.

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Is one a them Smart cars?

No. A car is a small gas-powered car made in and France by Daimler AG. GEMs are in North Dakota by a division of

Is it really better for the environment?

I so, but it depends on how you look at it.

It took and resources to build it and it takes a plant to charge it.

We use it in addition to our other cars, leaving a gas-powered car parked we drive it. It emits no toxic doesn’t need regular oil doesn’t use gasoline and we’ve very little on service.

The when we replace them, can be

What’s the worst thing happened in it?

Nothing bad unless you the time a couple of middle kids screamed at me over and again (while their was right beside them) I was an f—-ing f—got for driving the

That was the oddest moment, since their dad just them and let them go about tirade. Whatever.

Can I have a ride?

If you took the to read this blog, you can have a ride anytime.

Any questions? Post a comment and I’ll do my best to answer

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