Chrysler Group Global Electric Motorcars LLC (GEM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC, recently launched the 2011 GEM vehicle line of low-speed battery-electric vehicles. More than 45,000 GEM vehicles are on the road worldwide.
New for the 2011 GEM model year is the energy monitoring system, which allows drivers to determine the total amount of energy in kilowatt-hours (kWh) that the GEM vehicle has removed from the grid. By using the trip meter, odometer switch in the vehicle, drivers can view the energy saving information right on the vehicle’s LCD screen.
Also new for 2011 are four vehicle options including:
- 12” turf tires for off-road applications;
- Right-hand-drive package that converts the GEM vehicle into a police or security vehicle;
- Short-bed package that provides a 34” x 48” cargo bed on the GEM e4 four-passenger coupe or the GEM e6 six-passenger shuttle vehicle; and
- Utility tie downs that allow cargo to easily be secured in any of the GEM utility vehicles.
With a top speed of 25 mph (40 km/h) and a range of up to 30 miles (48 km) on a charge, GEM electric vehicles are designed for short-distance transportation and are driven on medical and corporate campuses, universities, military bases, resorts, sports stadiums, gated communities and residential streets.
Classified as Low Speed Vehicles (LSV) or Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV) by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the GEM vehicle line is street-legal in most states on roads posted 35 mph or less.