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ISLAND — Mike Harris to help spark a revolution in As the owner of GEM of Marco Island, is working to introduce the electric car to motorists. His company sells the Gem Motorcar, and is the only dealer in Florida.

The GEM is well-suited for local and with gas prices climbing higher, can represent a saving on expense, while also to curb air pollution, he said.

going to use the GEM car in situations where gas-powered car gets its worst gas he said, hopping over to or the club. The GEM has a 25 to 30 mile range on one or charge of the electric batteries, so any on Marco is well within


That is as far as you can legally take GEM, though. As a low-power top speed is capped at 25 miles per and the car is legal for roads with a limit up to 35 mph.In truth, Harris, no one uses the GEM as his or her primary

My customer profile is over 60, some disposable income, and likely a winter resident, as to a year-round Marco Islander, he But some old guys – and I’m one at 65 – want to go faster, not slower.

The GEM lets the driver and passengers along out in the open air, like riding a motorcycle, or a golf cart, with no body between them and the A variety of options for doors and side panels is available. An golf cart only half as fast, and is not street-legal. And no engine noise, you cruise in like the difference between a and a powerboat, and can converse with no the GEM’s 25-mph top end may occasionally it necessary to pull over a side street to let traffic up behind get past, even on a 35 mph road, the GEM does offer a when you get behind the wheel.The car off the line like a go-kart, surprisingly peppy pickup. who retired from a career as an engineer, explained that motors don’t have the that combustion engines do, to build up horsepower before speed.

This motor has torque the moment you step on what otherwise be called the gas pedal.

The e4 model he offered for a test sells for a list price of although when asked if he accept $12,900, Harris was to acknowledge he will deal. e4 comes with what he GEM air conditioning, twin fans on the corners of the dashboard, custom and the standard transparent sunroof

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Sales on Marco have slower than he hoped, Harris, who estimated there are 10 on the island. He sold 22 vehicles in his biggest year so far. and Sanibel, he said, are also markets for the GEM, and Key West, has about 400 of the vehicles, mostly for is a good source of service and business.

Harris recently a truck-body version of the GEM to the TSA, the Transportation Security Agency, for use at International Airport hauling they deem hazardous

The GEM is ideal for use inside buildings or because it has zero emissions, he Disney World has a couple use as ambulances.

One GEM owner on Marco, Ron Smith, is on his GEM electric car, and, zipping around the hills of the area, said it’s a lot of fun to around the island. The GEM is a great starter, and turns heads people see it glide by, said

People wave, and girls up and ask about it when I park, he

Altogether, 45,000 GEM vehicles are on the of this country, said the a division of off-road vehicle Polaris. For years, GEM was owned by which sold the business a ago.

Harris moved a location on Front Street to a at 994 North Barfield Drive, to cut his costs. He currently has a two-seater e2, the e4, and a six-seater e6 model in stock. You can GEM of Marco Island at www.marcogem.com. or by (239) 595-0193.

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