A new 2018 Polaris/ GEM was delivered to Seattle Housing Authority. It will be used at the beautiful new Hoa Mai Gardens facility in Yesler Terrace, Seattle, Washington.

The GEM is equipped with hard doors, power steering, heater, electric windshield defroster, 14" aluminum wheels and MacPherson struts. The L-box has a recessed bed with ramp for loading appliances for the building.

They will be able to charge this all-electric, street-legal battery powered vehicle with either 110V standard or J1772 fast charging. The vehicle has No Noise and No Emissions. So the neighborhood will appreciate its use and Seattle Housing Authority likes the idea of minimal maintenance with no oil changes etc. plus a 3-year factory warranty for minimum expense.

Bobby Coleman, Resource Conservation and Sustainability, arranged for purchase of the GEM vehicle through the NJPA national purchasing program.


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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 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.

The laregest lithium battery in the smallest GEM equates to single-charge range of about 100 miles. Click here for details.



Emergency? EVs to the rescue!

Alaska Air at Sea-Tac airport has been using one of our Columbia burden carriers to make emergency luggage runs. We can't think of a better use for one of these work horses!  


Polaris GEM's Commercial Sales Manager, Mark Danley, accompanied with our owner, Jim Johnson, on several demonstrations of the new all-electric plug in utility vehicles eM1400 and the heavy duty eLXD.

The eM1400 is 48 volt with an AC drive giving it great performance and carries up to 1,400 pounds with the heavy duty Polaris suspension systems.

It replaces fossil fuel burning vehicles for many applications at golf courses, parks, colleges, resorts and more with its strong silent operations.

Happy buyers, Kurt and Susanne, of new Wheego LiFe with over 100 miles range and highway speed. Their 2 big dogs fit in the back and enjoy the ride with no noise vibrations or emission smells. Everyone is happy !!

Dick and Gloria Hill have recently bought this GEM e2 for "Street Legal" use around their Trilogy Redmond retirement community.

"The great advantage with this vehicle is the versatility to use it for going to the bank, shopping etc with a lockable trunk attachment. We can then also use it with the attachable double golf bag carrier to use on our golf course. We have soft side enclosures from Polaris GEM that allows cold and wet weather use - with no gas or oil or noise!"

Sunny weather last summer was not the only thing that caused DAS' landscape crew to smile. A new workhorse recently joined the team - an all-electric Vantage "green truck" - bringing their small fleet of utility trucks into the 21st century. "All of our other trucks are still gasoline powered," said manager Tom Barrows, "but we're happy to have our first alternative fuel vehicle. We found out through the process that the state of Oregon will only grant licenses for this type of vehicle if they're electric. And that's the direction we want to go."

In 2013, we had 4 senior engineering students from Seattle University working on their senior project in our shop. Customers donated two ZAP 3 wheel electric cars. The students upgraded the ZAPs to current standards with new software and lithium batteries. They were able to complete the project summer of 2013! Once finished, the students presented this all electric vehicle to Seattle University for the President to show around campus and Seattle, since it is street legal and licensed as a motorcycle. We worked with the students each Saturday with hands on improvements to their car and their documentation for budgets, etc.

The University of Washington Bothell campus is now the greenest campus in the state of Washington with a dozen electric vehicles! Take a look at their newest purchase, a custom Columbia vehicle.