Chrysler/GEM Peapod. Click image to enlarge
Auburn Hills, Michigan – GEM, a subsidiary of Chrysler LLC, has introduced its next generation of battery electric vehicles, the GEM Peapod. GEM will also be renamed GreenEcoMobility, which the company said signifies its goal to redefine environmentally-friendly vehicles.
“We have evolved the GEM design language to better reflect its eco-friendly performance and its upbeat, positive image,” said Peter Arnell, Chrysler LLC Chief Innovation Officer. “These vehicles use no gasoline and emit no pollutants. So whether it’s a trip around the neighbourhood or the drive to school or work, the GEM Peapod is the ideal way to contribute to a greener planet, and a healthy lifestyle.”
The Peapod features a newly-designed centre console that will offer iPod integration and hands-free operation of an iPhone, along with support mesh seating made of recycled and recyclable materials. The redesigned GEM is scheduled for production in 2009.
GEM also has plans to market a new light-duty, battery electric commercial truck and a larger city electric vehicle with more range and performance, scheduled for production within the next year. GEM is the number-one zero-emission electric vehicle in the U.S., with 38,000 produced and in use; they are used in settings such as city centres, planned communities, military bases, college campuses, corporate centres, and city, state and national parks.