New electric vehicles are engineered for comfort, built with more safety features and offer Smart Power options
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (October 26, 2015) – Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), a recognized leader in the powersports industry, is proudly introducing the all-new Polaris GEM® . The new GEM has more built-in comfort and street-legal safety features than a golf cart, and is more maneuverable, cost-efficient and sustainable than a truck or van. It offers a spacious interior with a compact footprint and quiet electric power for low-cost, low maintenance operation. GEM is the market leader in the electric low-speed vehicle (LSV) industry and has sold more than 50,000 vehicles worldwide. GEM vehicles have been driven more than 450 million miles, saving almost 20 million gallons of gasoline. And now, the ride is even better.
Whether you’re moving people or cargo, the new GEM vehicles get the job done easily and efficiently. Built with quality and durability in mind, GEM features an aluminum chassis that passes SAE roof-crush-test standards, front-wheel disc brakes, an automotive-style suspension and a variety of maintenance free battery options. The result is a reliable, zero-emissions vehicle with a smoother ride.
“Facilities managers, operations directors, and electric-vehicle consumers have come to count on Polaris GEM vehicles to improve productivity and efficiency,” says John Stockman, GEM director at Polaris. “The all-new GEM takes what our customers already love about these vehicles and improves the ergonomics, ride and range. We’ve also added more comfort and safety features to provide an even better experience for both rider and driver, with the added benefit of just $.03 per mile cost of ownership.”
GEM vehicles provide the versatility to go anywhere – indoors, outdoors, streets or sidewalks. GEM’s premium safety features including high-back forward-facing seats, 3-pt. seat belts, an automotive glass windshield, and LED signal lights provide drivers and riders increased confidence. With a maximum speed of 25 mph, GEM vehicles are legal to drive on streets in most states and provinces, typically on roads marked up to 35 mph. The optional RiderX ™ app provides free access to maps of nearby residential roads, helping you plan your trip as well as track your vehicle’s performance.
To provide even more driver confidence, the new GEMs include Smart Power. Smart Power matches the power to the task, combining an efficient electrical system and a right-sized motor, with the ability to choose the best combination of battery and charge options. In addition to more traditional battery options, GEM is the first vehicle in the industry to offer a warranty-backed Li-Ion battery. Not only does Li-Ion dramatically improve the distances you can cover – up to three times the range – you can also expect two-to-three-times the battery cycles. This means in the entire life of your GEM, you may never need another battery.
In addition to battery options, all GEM vehicles are fully customizable to enhance comfort, convenience and productivity. In-windshield defrost, electronic power steering, integrated doors and a full range of rear carrier options are just a few of the factory-installed and warranty backed options available with a GEM. The GEM eL XD is the first vehicle of its kind to offer a recessed bed option to lower loading height and maximize hauling capability. With its rugged build, the ability to haul over fourteen-hundred pounds, and the wide variety of accessories, this vehicle delivers a smart alternative to traditional transportation options.
Discover why the all-new GEM is a smarter way to move. Visit your authorized Polaris GEM dealer or http://www.polaris.com/en-us/gem-electric-car for more information and to build and price the new GEM. Shipping will begin this December.
Shipping in December
GEM says it’s the first in the industry to offer a warranty-backed lithium ion battery. The lithium battery can triple single-charge range, and boost battery cycles by two to three times: “In the entire life of your GEM, you may never need another battery.”
Polaris is offering optional 8.9- and 12.4-kilowatt-hour battery packs. Also new for 2016: an optional J1772 charge port and optional Level 2 charging that’s six times faster than standard – 23 miles of range per hour of charging.
The 2016 GEMs are to begin shipping this December.
Polaris acquired GEM – the former Global Electric Motorcars – from Chrysler in July 2011.
The laregest lithium battery in the smallest GEM equates to single-charge range of about 100 miles. Click here for details.