|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.
|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.