|The new e6.|
DaimlerChrysler’s GEM subsidiary is showcasing its new six-passenger GEM neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) at the Los Angeles and Detroit auto shows.
The e6 six-passenger GEM uses—like the other members of the line—a 72-volt, 5-hp/3.7-kW (12-hp/9-kW peak) DC motor powered by six 12-volt gel batteries. Range is up to 30 miles, with speeds up of to 25 mph. A regenerative braking system contributes to the recharging of the batteries.
DaimlerChrysler will start a cross-country promotional tour with the new line up beginning 24 January in San Diego. California is the nation’s largest market for neighborhood electric vehicles, including GEM. The 15-city tour wraps up in late March in North Carolina.
All projections are for continued growth in the marketplace for neighborhood electric vehicles.—Larry Oswald, GEM CEO
GEM vehicles are produced by Global Electric Motorcars, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler based in Fargo, N.D. More than 30,000 GEM vehicles are in use across the Untied States and internationally.