Washington, D.C. – Chrysler Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), has reached a milestone in the low-speed vehicle industry by selling more than 40,000 GEM battery-electric vehicles.
“GEM is a successful example of how Chrysler Group is reducing CO2 emissions while answering customer needs for alternatively-powered vehicles,” said Steve Bartoli, Chrysler’s head of regulatory affairs and engineering planning. “GEM is directly responsible for cutting CO2 output by more than 93,000 tons by replacing gasoline-powered vehicles with electric vehicles.”
Chrysler acquired the company, based in Fargo, North Dakota, ten years ago. Classified as Low Speed Vehicles (LSV) or Neighbourhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the GEM vehicle line is street-legal in most states on roads posted 35 mph (56 km/h) or less. GEM vehicles have a top speed of 25 mph (40 km/h) and a range of up to 30 miles (48 km) on a charge, and are used by medical and corporate campuses, universities, military bases, resorts, sports stadiums, gated communities and on residential streets.