MINNEAPOLIS (February 13, 2013) – Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), a leading manufacturer of electric vehicles, today announced it has donated two GEM electric vehicles to the Minnesota Zoo, the state’s largest zoo. The donated vehicles will be used to transport guests throughout the complex and for utility and ground maintenance.
"The Minnesota Zoo is a statewide treasure and we’re happy to provide electric vehicles that fit nicely into their indoor/outdoor environment," said Tim Blinkhorn, general manager, GEM. "These environmentally friendly vehicles will help safely transport guests and staff throughout the zoo. It’s a great day when we get to help a community asset while at the same time showcase the versatility of our GEM electric vehicles."
The donation, valued at more than $26,000, is part of a new partnership between Polaris and the Minnesota Zoo that looks to promote environmentally conscious behavior. The GEM vehicles have an all-electric, zero emissions operation that will provide a low-cost-of-ownership for the Minnesota Zoo. The GEM vehicles quiet operation is ideal for the Minnesota Zoo as they will not disrupt the animals.
The Minnesota Zoo, located in Apple Valley, Minn., welcomes 1.3 million guests a year.The zoo is located on close to 500 acres and is home to more than 2,900 animals and 504 species from around the world.
The vehicles Polaris donated to the Minnesota Zoo include a GEM e6sq®, a six-passenger electric vehicle that offers comfortable seating and ample storage and the eL XD, a two-passenger electric utility vehicle that offers a 70" x 48" flat bed that can haul up to 1,100 pounds.
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2012 sales of $3.2 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.
Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris and KLIM branded apparel and Polaris accessories and parts.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "PII", and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.