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9/13/2021

Carrying Cargo with GEM

When carrying cargo in your GEM, distribute cargo weight evenly and ensure cargo loads are properly secured. The total weight of passengers, accessories and cargo must not exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight rating listed in your Owner’s Manual. 

Vehicle specifications also are listed below.

Item GEM e2 GEM e4
Dry Weight 1200 lb
(544 kg)
1350 lb
(612 kg)
Length 103 in
(262 cm)
135 in
(343 cm)
Width 55.5 in
(141 cm)
55.5 in
(141 cm)
Height 73.1 in
(186 cm)
73.1 in
(186 cm)
Wheelbase 69 in (175 cm) 101 in
(257 cm)
Turning Radius 150 in
(381 cm)
207 in
(526 cm)
Payload Capacity (occupants, cargo, options) 800 lbs
(363 kg)
1150 lbs
(521.6 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) 2000 lbs
(907 kg)
1150 lbs
(521.6 kg)
Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) Front and Rear 1280 lbs
(581 kg)
1600 lbs
(726 kg)
Seating 2 4

 

Item GEM eL XD GEM e6
Dry Weight 1585 lb (720 kg) 1696 lb (769 kg) 
Length 145.5 in (370 cm)  167 in (424 cm)
Width 55.5 in (141 cm) 55.5 in (141 cm)
Height 73.1 in (186 cm) 73.1 in (186 cm)
Wheelbase 114 in (289.6 cm) 133.5 in (339 cm)
Turning Radius 233 in (592 cm) 264 in (671 cm)
Payload Capacity (occupants, cargo, options) 1415 lb (642 kg) 1304 lb (591 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) 3000 lb (1360.8 kg) 3000 lb (1360.8 kg)
Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR), Front and Rear 1920 lb (871 kg) 1920 olb (871 kg)
Seating 2 6

 

Item GEM eM1400
Dry Weight 1500 lb (680.4 kg)
Ground Clearance 8 in (20.3 cm)
Length 114.5 in (291 cm)
Width 56.5 in (143.5 cm)
Height 52.5 in (133.3 cm)
Cargo Box (inside) 51.5 x 41.75 in 
(130.8 cm x 106 cm)
Wheelbase 79 in (200.7 cm)
Turning Radius (GVW) Left: 175 in (444.5 cm)
Right: 159 in (403.9 cm)
Turning Radius (LVW) Left: 176.2 in (447.5 cm)
Right: 158.6 in (403.9 cm)
Cargo Box Capacity 1100 lb (499 kg)
Payload Capacity 1450 lb (658 kg)
Hitch Towing Capacity 1250 lb (567 kg)
Cargo System Lock & Ride
Seating 2

Never carry cargo on the roof of your GEM. Carrying loads on the roof could damage the roof and affect vehicle handling, which could result in an accident or overturn.

GEM also offers several rear cargo accessories. Never carry a passenger on a rear accessory back. Do not overload an accessory back. Overloading your GEM can reduce stability and handling and could cause loss of control.

Towing with a GEM

Only the GEM eL XD, eM 1400 and eM 1400 LSV are designed to tow loads. These vehicles are designed to carry or tow specific capacities. Always read and understand the load distribution warnings listed on the vehicle’s warning labels. Make sure the total load (operator, passenger, accessories, cargo and weight on hitch) does not exceed the maximum weight capacity of the vehicle.

Also follow these precautions when towing:

  • Never load more than 150 pounds (68 kg) tongue weight on the towing bracket.
  • Slow down when towing. Towing a trailer increases braking distance. Do not operate the vehicle at speeds faster than 10 mph (16 km/h) when towing.
  • Do not tow more than the recommended weight for the vehicle.
  • Attach a trailer to the trailer hitch bracket only. Do not attach a trailer to any other location on the vehicle.

See the charts below for towing and cargo weight limits.

Cargo Limit Warning: The eL XD cargo limit warning label is located at the rear of the cab. Consult your Owner's Manual for towing procedures. 

Capacities GEM eL XD
A: Occupant Capacity 300 lb (136 kg)
B: Cargo Capacity (includes cargo, bed load and optional equipment) 1150 lb (522 kg)**
C: Maximum Trailer Tongue Weight 150 lb (68 kg)
D: Maximum Gross Trailer Weight 1100 lb (499 kg)
A + B = Vehicle Rated Capacity 1450 lb (658 kg)
A + B + D = Must not exceed stated Vehicle Combination Rated Capacity 1450 lb (658 kg)
Vehicle Dry Weight 1585 lb (719 kg)
A + B + Vehicle Dry Weight = Maximum Gross Vehicle Weight 3000 lb (1361 kg)
A + B + D + Vehicle Dry Weight = Must not exceed stated Maximum Gross Vehicle Combination 3000 lb (1361 kg)

**Cargo capacity is directly affected by the vehicle's features, options and accessories and will be unique to each specific configuration.

Item GEM eM 1400 GEM eM 1400 LSV
Total Towed Load Weight (Level Ground) 1250 lb (567 kg) 1250 lb (567 kg)
Total Towed Load Weight (15-Degree Grade) 850 lb (386 kg) 850 lb (386 kg)
Total Hitch Vertical Weight 150 lb (68.1 kg) 150 lb (68.1 kg)
Maximum Towing Speed 10 mph (16 km/h) 10 mph (16 km/h)
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