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Russian President Opts for GEMs for the G8 Summit in St. Petersburg

29 June 2006

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GEMs for the G8 heading for St. Petersburg.

At the selection of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian government has purchased 30 four-passenger (e4) GEM electric vehicles for use during the upcoming G8 Summit. Each e4 is decorated with a participating country’s national flag and the official logo of the 2006 G8 Summit, to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia from 15-17 July.

This marks the second G8 Summit for GEM. The company also provided 38 vehicles for the 2004 G8 Summit in Sea Island, GA. Last year’s summit in Gleneagles, Scotland used cellulosic ethanol from Iogen to fuel the VIP Jaguar fleet.

Global Electric Motorcars, LLC, a DaimlerChrysler company headquartered in Fargo, ND, is the leading manufacturer of neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) in the world. More than 30,000 are in use across the United Sates and internationally.

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The standard e4.

The e4 electric vehicles use a 5 hp (3.7 kW) motor (12 hp / 9 kW peak); have a top speed of 25 mph; can be driven on roadways posted up to 35 mph; and have a range of up to 30 miles. A regenerative braking system (RBS) improves battery and brake life, while increasing vehicle range. An onboard charger plugs into any 110-volt outlet for charging of the 72V lead-acid battery pack.

Global Electric Motorcars, LLC recently expanded its marketing internationally with the availability of GEM electric vehicles through new distributors in Western Europe.

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Dng it, could they have not bought something like this. It might work on an estate, or a palace, but they could do better. One thing though would be the fact the these were made by an American division of an European-American multinational, DiamlerChrysler.


Nothing special. I have been passed while doing 40mph by a trumped up golf cart in Sun City.

Only two (2) comments. I figured the plug-in guys/gals would be all over this post!!!

Easier to bash Ford I guess.

Why would plug-in enthusiasts be excited about glorified golf carts? These don't even use new battery technology, indeed they aren't much different than what was available 100 years ago.

If this summit accomplishes as much as the one last year, then the only thing people will remember is that the leaders drove around in these golf cart like vehicles. Let us hope that the next summit is able to get somewhere; it was really more of a national picnic previously. Serious issues such as sustainable power for all countries and climate change responsibilities were really not taken seriously.

In my opinion, if these summits don't accomplish anything, why have them???

adrianakau@aol.com

Why are plug-in enthusiast NOT excited, they should be jumping up and down because they are driving around in pure electric transportation and not freak'n Suburbans.

Does it matter the "karts" are not state of the art? Most people dont have a clue to state of the art. The exposure for electrics is fabulous.

I was a bit shocked that they would use them for security reasons, they are not exactly bullet proof.

Hi there,

I own an electric car rental company in Spain. We have a fleet of GEMCars for people visiting Cordoba.

The only thing I can say, I drive one of these everyday to go to work (2 miles), is that these cars are superb, at least of a lot of European Cities, especially in Southern Europe. No pollution in comparison to other cars, no noise, fun, safe, short, and so on.

Actually, the less, the best, and these ars cover almost the needs of the majority of people down here, and in a lot of areas in the rest of the world.

Somebody said they use old technology, and that´s true. They will improve for sure, but still with their current technology, they accomplish what they are supposed to do. Move a person from one place to other. With almost no maintenance costs, no time consumed is the best option for mobility. It is like if you compare OpenOffice with Microsoft Office. The former use old technology, and the lattest use state-of-the-art technology. However, microsoft office users only work with no more than 15% of the features, which all of them are in openoffice.

Technology adoption is not a matter of state-of-the-art, but to be usable and reliable, accomplishing whatever they are supposed to. Electric golf carts do what they are supossed to do.

Best regards!
alfredo

Hi there,

I own an electric car rental company in Spain. We have a fleet of GEMCars for people visiting Cordoba.

The only thing I can say, I drive one of these everyday to go to work (2 miles), is that these cars are superb, at least of a lot of European Cities, especially in Southern Europe. No pollution in comparison to other cars, no noise, fun, safe, short, and so on.

Actually, the less, the best, and these ars cover almost the needs of the majority of people down here, and in a lot of areas in the rest of the world.

Somebody said they use old technology, and that´s true. They will improve for sure, but still with their current technology, they accomplish what they are supposed to do. Move a person from one place to other. With almost no maintenance costs, no time consumed is the best option for mobility. It is like if you compare OpenOffice with Microsoft Office. The former use old technology, and the lattest use state-of-the-art technology. However, microsoft office users only work with no more than 15% of the features, which all of them are in openoffice.

Technology adoption is not a matter of state-of-the-art, but to be usable and reliable, accomplishing whatever they are supposed to. Electric golf carts do what they are supossed to do.

Best regards!
alfredo

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