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Don’t believe the hype; the car is alive and well. In spite of the presumption that General pulled the plug, no pun intended, an market is doing reasonably in the U.S. With gas prices and trending upwards, things probably get even better.

The is that the electric cars from Global Electric (GEM) aren’t exactly as we know them. One look at the GEM e2, in fact, and many people say, It’s a golf It may be small, narrow and speed-limited, but call it a golf cart!

Not do the folks at GEM bristle to hear it, but a of features set the e2 apart from carts: a real suspension, and turn signals, seatbelts, wipers, and full weather The GEM e2 is very much a proper it’s just got a more purpose than most automobiles.

As a neighborhood electric the fully-electric GEM is designed for low-speed preferably on smooth roads. the similarly diminutive smart the GEM e2 won’t keep up with traffic. It’s at its best in sprawling suburban areas many low-speed roads. Its top is only 26mph, so any roads higher speed limits are a dangerous prospect. Though you may to go a bit out of your way to make distance, quietly through residential is a great deal more than cruising with at 45mph anyway.

The egg-like greenhouse’s large make visibility excellent, the for sharing the road with pedestrians, and the odd kid chasing a soccer Folks can’t hear the e2 after all. Once see it, though, the reactions are immediate.

point; adults nudge other. What kind of gas do you get? is usually the first as folks don’t realize it’s an electric car. GEM has been around for a decade now and over 35,000 cars, little runabouts aren’t in most areas, metro included.

On the street, the e2 stands out immediately, to a high-roofed, egg-shaped body bears a passing resemblance to pumpkin carriage. The body is of thermoplastic and composites, with doors, automotive glass and windows that retract the doors to let the breeze in. The halogen turn signals and an applique give the e2 a recognizably automotive while the front wheels and components are ignored. At the rear, the e2 a small diamond-plate cargo bed stake sides that hold up to 150 pounds of cargo.

The GEM model range includes the e4 and super-stretch e6, which allow and six passengers respectively.

Inside, the GEM has a a heater, and even a small fan on the dash. Molded-foam seats sufficient padding for short it’s not as though anyone’s to be road-tripping in an e2, after all. The is devoid of heavy sound-deadening or carpet, so the ride unfortunately more of those nasty to golf carts. Unlike a cart, the e2 has automotive controls with a standard accelerator and pedal. The ride is agreeable, a combination of stiff springs and weight mean that the e2 tossed around by bumps would be absorbed by larger

The 12-inch tires are street-rated and enough to contend with speeds and debris. The front consists of dual A-arms and and pinion steering makes the e2 responsive at low speeds, though it top-heavy in turns. The narrow means that this a performance vehicle by any stretch.

The hydraulic brakes bring to a stop without drama, and charge the batteries.

It doesn’t like it, but within its speed the e2 will happily keep up traffic. The heavy-duty DC motor up fast, providing up to 12 horsepower, and is on par with full-sized cars. The is powered by six 12-volt flooded-electrolyte that give it a range of 35 miles. GEM uses a two-speed with a Low mode that’s for gravel or other rough and a High mode for pavement Top speed in Low is 15mph; High the e2 to stretch its figurative legs, as it can, up to its modest top speed.

Recharging is as easy as plugging the on-board 72-volt charger a standard household outlet.

green doesn’t have the of rolling in the latest Lexus, but I had a time figuring out how to navigate the e2 the suburbs. Careful residential-street can get this little electric car to the store, laundromat, drugstore, store or any number of other destinations, with out a drop of burned. Thirty-five miles sound like much but for short local trips it two gallons of gas you don’t have to

In most places, the GEM won’t a serious commuter; its range is too and the appointments a bit too crude for the average tastes. However, as a neighborhood it absolutely excels, and this is GEM has designe this little for. It’s the perfect for combing the suburbs looking for sales or visiting friends.


All specs are for the 2008 GEM e2

99 in.

Width: 55 in.

Height: 70 in.

Wheelbase: 72 in.

weight: 1140 lb.

Chevrolet Volt Electric Cars

Cargo 150 lb.

Base price: $6795

72-volt heavy-duty DC

Drivetrain: integrated transmission, front-wheel

Horsepower: 5 continuous, 12 peak

35 miles


• The GEM e2 and GEM e4 feature a DC motor with continuous 5 rating and 12 horsepower peak acceleration and hill climbing. The GEM e6 a heavy-duty DC motor with 7 horsepower rating and 15 horsepower during acceleration and hill

• Front-wheel drive with reducer and integral differential.

• custom motor controller under and over voltage regenerative braking, motor protection and top speed regulation.

• Six flooded electrolyte batteries are on the GEM e2 and the GEM e4. Six 12-volt maintenance-free gel batteries are on the GEM e6 and nine 8-volt maintenance-free gel are standard on the GEM e6 with the S Package.

• 72-volt DC charger that into a standard 110-volt AC outlet.

GEM E2 Electric Cars
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