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The first GEM® vehicle was built in 1998. Shortly after this introduction, a low-speed vehicle classification 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® e, eS and eL cars always come equipped with these safety features making them a benchmark in the industry.
GEM® electric vehicles are multipurpose, low-speed neighborhood electric vehicles available for sale by Polaris®, a leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles and motorcycles for nearly 60 years. GEM® cars are 100% electric and battery powered. Most models comply with U.S. federal safety requirements for operation as low-speed vehicles (LSVs) which includes a top speed of 25 mph. In October of 2013, Polaris launched a new vehicle, the GEM® eM1400 off-road utility vehicle. This vehicle is the first GEM® vehicle built from the ground up, backed by Polaris’ innovation and technology. It is an LEV (Low Emission Vehicle), with all the benefits electric power in a vehicle designed for work. It has a top speed of 19 mph.
Owned by Polaris Industries and produced in Spirit Lake, Iowa, GEM® is the market leader in the low-speed vehicle (LSV) industry and has sold more than 46,000+ vehicles worldwide. These GEM® cars have been driven more than 450 million miles and, as a result, have saved almost 20 million gallons of gasoline. Our goal is to continue to design innovative, environmentally friendly, worry-free and low-cost-of-ownership vehicles that solve all your transportation or light utility needs.
GEM® cars are powered by a battery system, which provides power to a custom controller and powers the electric drive motor. The batteries are charged with an onboard charger that plugs into a standard 110-volt outlet. It takes approximately six to eight hours to recharge a GEM® car from a completely discharged state. In addition, with an optional fast charge package, GEM® cars can be optimally charged in less than one hour. The GEM® car can be plugged in virtually anywhere, at any time, to top off the charge or to completely charge the vehicle. Used under proper conditions, a GEM® vehicle can get 30 to 45 miles on a single charge. Like anything else, driving behaviors and climate will influence the overall mileage.
Whether you’re moving people or cargo, on or off-road, GEM® vehicles offer the features, reliability, and quality construction you need to get every job done right. Add to that the money you’ll save by eliminating fuel costs and reducing the maintenance costs associated with gas-powered alternatives, and you have a low cost-of-ownership solution for all your fleet needs. Simply put, GEM® equals Polaris® quality and proven performance. Find a local dealer or schedule a demo to find out for yourself.