Global Electric Motorcars

Global Electric Motorcars

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Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries
Polaris Industries
Polaris Industries is a manufacturer of snowmobiles, ATV, and neighborhood electric vehicles. Polaris is based in Medina, Minnesota, USA. The company also manufactures motorcycles through its Victory Motorcycles subsidiary and through the Indian Motorcycle subsidiary which it purchased in April...

, is a U.S. manufacturer in the low-speed vehicle category, producing neighborhood electric vehicle
Neighborhood electric vehicle
A Neighborhood Electric Vehicle is a U.S. denomination for battery electric vehicles that are legally limited to roads with posted speed limits as high as depending on the particular laws of the state, usually are built to have a top speed of , and have a maximum loaded weight of 3,000 lbs...

s (NEVs) since 1998 and has sold more than 45,000 GEM battery-electric vehicles worldwide as of December 2010.

Until June 2011, GEM was owned by Chrysler Group.






The company was founded in 1992 by a team of ex-General Motors engineers from Livonia, Michigan
Livonia, Michigan
Livonia is a city in the northwest part of Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Livonia is a very large suburb with an array of traditional neighborhoods connected to the metropolitan area by freeways. The population was 96,942 at the 2010 census, making it Michigan's 9th largest...

, under the name Trans2.

The company was purchased by a group of North Dakota investors and was moved to Fargo, North Dakota.
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Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries
Polaris Industries
Polaris Industries is a manufacturer of snowmobiles, ATV, and neighborhood electric vehicles. Polaris is based in Medina, Minnesota, USA. The company also manufactures motorcycles through its Victory Motorcycles subsidiary and through the Indian Motorcycle subsidiary which it purchased in April...

, is a U.S. manufacturer in the low-speed vehicle category, producing neighborhood electric vehicle
Neighborhood electric vehicle
A Neighborhood Electric Vehicle is a U.S. denomination for battery electric vehicles that are legally limited to roads with posted speed limits as high as depending on the particular laws of the state, usually are built to have a top speed of , and have a maximum loaded weight of 3,000 lbs...

s (NEVs) since 1998 and has sold more than 45,000 GEM battery-electric vehicles worldwide as of December 2010.

Until June 2011, GEM was owned by Chrysler Group.

History







The company was founded in 1992 by a team of ex-General Motors engineers from Livonia, Michigan
Livonia, Michigan
Livonia is a city in the northwest part of Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Livonia is a very large suburb with an array of traditional neighborhoods connected to the metropolitan area by freeways. The population was 96,942 at the 2010 census, making it Michigan's 9th largest...

, 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

  • 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
  • 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




Gemcar has produced over 45,000 ev's since 1998
  • 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.