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GEM ELXD Electric Cars

AUGUST 5, 2002

Making the move to Electric!

Even though I own ElectricCars.com I found myself faced with the same questions buyers everywhere consider:

Is it a safe car to drive on the roads in our city?

Will we be stuck in the middle of the road with … batteries?

Our GEM was on sale at Costco for $3995 which we felt was a steal! — California had offered a $2,000 rebate program to help EV’s sell. (The actual price was $5,995 plus tax) Truthfully more than $5,000 would be too high of a price for this 2 passenger vehicle and I don’t see how NEV’s on the market over $10,000 will sell at all!


Our GEM Arrives! Delivery was made on schedule within the estimated 3-4 weeks

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I have been involved in auto sales since college and have seen the debuts of many incredible vehicles including Porsches, Ferraris, Acuras, but none compared with the attention this GEM got when it rolled off the truck on the street in front of our house!

Some common responses we are hearing are How smart we were to get this car! and How cute, cool, new, revolutionary the GEM is. People agree this little car is a look at the future of the auto industry.


By 7 am the next morning our GEM was ready to roll. We noticed the charger had a quiet sounding cooling fan while charging and when the car was fully charged the fan turned itself off.

The first day we drove up and down the streets of our neighborhood to get used to the car. This took about a minute! The GEM takes off from a full stop like a rocket! To make the GEM street legal there is a speed restriction governor on the accelerator that holds the speed at a safe 25 MPH, however because of its size you actually feel like you are going much faster.

Truly, I own a Trans Am that burns rubber but this GEM is just as fun to drive!

The roads near our home are marked 40 MPH and up, so we are restricted to criss-cross the major intersections and use back streets — This gives you a new view of your neighborhood — We enjoyed taking things a little slower and zooming around the quiet backstreets. The reactions we got from people in passing cars was amazing. They ranged from amazement, shock, disbelief, wonder and even a few people who raced around corners to get a better view.

One thing we did notice which is unfortunate is that out of 200 people who see you driving in the GEM there seems to be one person who seems to think the GEM is a golf car that doesn’t belong on the street — The first time this happened we didn’t expect it — The person rode on our tail as if to make us pull over to get out of his way. We did pull over even though he was legally wrong by following so close. Being realistic we will anticipate some negative reactions and expect to be cutoff at intersections.

We stopped for lunch at a nearby pizza parlor and you would have thought Elvis had parked in the front parking space! The adults who stopped and walked around the car were as impressed as the children who were laughing and saying Can we go for a ride?

People actually walked over to our table to ask how they could buy one, how much it cost, etc. We didn’t know this was going to be such a social ice breaker.


Overall rating Update Status EXCELLENT.

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