Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) USA



Fargo, North Dakota, United States


Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries. It is a U.S. manufacturer in the low-speed vehicle category, manufacturing neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) since 1998, Low-speed vehicles (LSVs) since 2001. It was founded in 1992 by a team of ex-General Motors engineers. The headquarter is located at Fargo, North Dakota, United States. The company has sold more than 50,000 GEM battery-electric vehicles worldwide as of October 2015. GEM was previously owned by Chrysler.



The company was founded in 1992 by a team of ex-General Motors engineers from Livonia, Michigan, under the name Trans2. The company was bought by a group of North Dakota investors and was shifted to Fargo, North Dakota. Global Electric Motorcars produced its first vehicle in April 1998, a 48-volt GEM car that accommodated two passengers. It had a top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h). Less than two months later, a significant breakthrough occurred in the market as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) designated a new class of motor vehicle, the low-speed vehicle, also known as the Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV). The low-speed vehicle class allowed GEM cars to be driven on public roads if they met certain safety criteria such as having safety belts, headlamps, windshield wipers, and safety glass.

There are currently six different models of GEM cars available primarily suited for intra-city use. GEM battery-electric vehicles are street legal in nearly all 50 US states on public roads posted at 35 mph (56 km/h) or less. With a top speed of 25 mph (40 km/h) GEM cars have a range of 30–100 miles (50–160 km) on a charge depending on the installed battery technology. They are battery-electric, operate on a 72-volt battery system and plug into a standard 3-prong 120-volt outlet for recharging, and fully recharge in six to eight hours.



  • April 1998

First GEM car manufactured in Fargo, North Dakota

  • October 1998

GEM eL first manufactured

  • November 1998

GEM eS first manufactured

  • December 1998

GEM e4 first manufactured

  • December 2000

DaimlerChrysler Corporation acquires Global Electric Motorcars, LLC

  • April 2006

GEM e6 first manufactured

  • December 2007

GEM eL XD first manufactured

  • June 2009

GEM remains a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC

  • June 2010

GEM launches the new Right Hand Drive GEM electric vehicle

  • July 2011

Global Electric Motorcars is sold to Polaris



As of October 2015, the GEM neighborhood electric vehicle is the market leader in North America, with global sales of more than 50,000 units since 1998.

Passenger Vehicles:



The e2 two-seater offers the smallest footprint and most nimble performance, including a tight turning radius for limited spaces. Drive it indoors or outdoors with ease. Perfect vehicle for cruising the neighborhood or getting across campus.



Stand out from the typical golf cart with four forward facing high back seats, 3 pt safety belts, and a plenty of legroom even in the back. Dress it up in style with aluminum 14" wheels and chrome bumpers, or add practical options such as full doors and enclosed carriers.



The roomy e6 shuttles up to six people, with an enhanced suspension that accommodates more weight without compromising comfort. Choose from handy under-seat storage and carrier options, too. This vehicle is ideal for safely moving people around a large campuses or facilities, shuttle businesses, city services, sports stadium uses and more.


Utility Vehicles :



A two-passenger vehicle with a 39 in × 48 in (990 mm × 1,220 mm) flat bed with and a 330 lb (150 kg) cargo capacity.



A two-passenger vehicle with a 70 in × 48 in (1,780 mm × 1,220 mm) flat bed with and a 700 lb (320 kg) cargo capacity.



A heavier duty version of the GEM eL with a 70 in × 48 in (1,780 mm × 1,220 mm) flat bed with and a 1,100 lb (500 kg) cargo capacity.



GEM eM 1400 LSV

The GEM eM 1400 LSV is rugged, hard-working and legal to drive on public streets posted up to 35 mph.   It delivers 1250 lb of payload, 1250 lb of towing capacity and an exceptional ride that could only be Polaris.   With a 7 hp AC motor, eM1400 LSV has a maximum speed of 25 mph and a range of up to 45 miles.  When you need to work hard and traverse public roadways, the eM1400 LSV is the right solution.


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