What is a Polaris GEM electric vehicle?
GEM vehicles are completely electric transportation and utility vehicles manufactured in Anaheim, California. GEM is the leading brand in the LSV (Low Speed Vehicle) market, and GEM vehicles are street legal in 47 states and some Canadian provinces. To learn more about GEM and other electric vehicles, listen to the It's Electric: Understanding RANGER EV, GEM and Other Polaris Electric Vehicles episode of the Polaris Podcast.
Who is Global Electric Motorcars (GEM)?
Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) designs innovative, environmentally friendly, worry-free and low-cost-of-ownership electric vehicles that solve all your transportation or light utility needs. GEM has been designed and manufactured since 1998 and is owned by Polaris Industries. GEM is the market leader in the Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) industry and has sold more than 45,000 vehicles worldwide. GEM vehicles have been driven more than 450 million miles (772 km) and have saved almost 20 million gallons of gasoline as a result. Our goal is to continue to design innovative, environmentally friendly, worry-free and low-cost-of-ownership vehicles that solve all your transportation or light utility needs.
What is an LSV?
LSV stands for “Low Speed Vehicle." LSV is a vehicle class that has a maximum speed of 25 mph (40 km/hr) and can legally be driven on most roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph (50 km/hr) or less. All vehicles must meet all U.S. federal safety standards for Low Speed Vehicles and be equipped with automotive safety windshield glass, three-point safety belts, turn signals, headlamps and brake lights, horn, mirrors, windshield wipers and on-road tires. Some states have special requirements and restrictions for LSV-classified vehicles. Check with your local GEM Dealer for any specific laws your state has implemented.
How fast do GEM cars go?
To comply with the U.S. federal safety Low Speed Vehicle standards, GEM cars can achieve a top speed of 25 (40 km/hr) mph.
What is a GEM car's driving range on a single charge?
Many factors affect the driving range of a GEM vehicle, but generally a GEM can travel up to 98 miles (197 km/hr) on a single charge. Factors that affect battery range include ambient temperature, terrain, driving conditions, payload, driving habits, battery age and tire pressure. See the range diagram for more specifics.
Where can I drive my GEM?
GEM GEM e2, e4, e6, eL XD and eM 1400 LSV vehicles can be driven on many roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph (50 km/hr) or less. They are street legal, with a maximum speed of 25 mph (40 km/h), and allowed in most states to operate on streets with posted speed limits of 35 mph or less. A GEM is not intended to be driven at speeds exceeding 25 mph. GEM is an ideal vehicle for driving in work sites, campuses, military bases, gated communities, resorts, airports, sports stadiums or just around the neighborhood. Uses include personal transportation, shuttle driving, light-duty hauling, specialized and custom utility, or security/patrol.
The GEM eM 1400 is a utility vehicle and not to be operated on public roads. It does not meet National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulations for operation on public streets, roads and highways.
State and local rules may vary, so check with your local law enforcement — both city and state officials — for variations in your area.
Where can I find and purchase a GEM car?
GEM has a dedicated North America Commercial Sales Team that is available to assist in the purchase of a vehicle. We want to ensure you get the right vehicle for your needs so that you are happy about your purchase.
GEM vehicles are also sold through authorized dealers throughout the country. They can assist in ensuring you get the right vehicle — Find A Dealer near you.
How much does a GEM car cost?
With less maintenance and no fuel costs, GEM electric vehicles are significantly more affordable and cost effective than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. Check out current deals and incentives or browse the GEM lineup for pricing and options.
Where do I go to demo a GEM vehicle?
To demo a GEM vehicle, contact an authorized GEM Dealer. To find a GEM Dealer near you, use the Dealer Locator.
How safe are GEM cars?
Each of the five GEM models meets all U.S. federal safety standards for Low Speed Vehicles (LSVs) and are equipped with automotive safety windshield glass, three-point safety belts, turn signals, headlamps and brake lights, horn, mirrors and windshield wipers. With thousands of miles accumulated on GEM test vehicles, you can be assured that quality and safety are our top priorities.
Is special equipment needed to charge the batteries?
GEM vehicles come with an on-board charger, which plugs into a standard 110-volt wall outlet. There are also optional fast chargers that can be installed to shorten the time it takes to charge the vehicle, as well as a charger option that adapts to public charge stations, making it easier to plug in any time. View battery and charger options.
How long does it take to recharge a GEM?
Each battery pack configuration causes the charging time to vary slightly. On average, it takes approximately 6 to 8 hours to recharge a GEM car from a completely discharged state.
How much does it cost to charge a GEM?
On average, to fully charge a GEM car from a completely discharged state, it takes 5 to 8.9 kWh of power. Multiply this number by the local cost per kWh and you will have the cost for charging your GEM car. Note that cost can vary by each battery pack configuration.
Do my batteries have a memory?
No. Unlike the old cell phone batteries, you do not need to fully discharge the GEM batteries before charging. We do recommend that you do not leave the batteries in a discharged state for any length of time. For the best vehicle performance and to increase longevity, always keep the batteries charged.
What types of options are available?
GEM vehicles are orderable right from the factory. You can customize your vehicle with many aesthetic options such as doors and bumpers, productivity options such as a ladder rack and a variety of storage trunks, and even power options such as a larger motor and fast chargers. To make it even easier, there are convenient application packages to choose from, including a premium package, cold weather package and a commercial package. Personalize your GEM to create the ultimate vehicle exactly how you want it.
How much are GEM car parts and aftermarket options?
All GEM car products are sold through authorized GEM Dealerships. Visit our Parts and Accessories pages to view and price available options for all GEM models.
Does GEM offer a 4x4 utility vehicle?
GEM does not make a 4x4 utility vehicle but the Polaris RANGER EV is electric-powered.
Are state and federal tax credits available for GEM electric vehicles?
There are currently no federal tax credits available for GEM vehicles. However, for customers in the United States, check out electric vehicle incentives that are offered on a state-by-state basis. For information on possible state tax credits, contact your local GEM dealer for the most up-to-date information.
Are GEM cars available to purchase through the GSA or Sourcewell Program?
Yes, GEMs can be purchased via GSA and Sourcewell contracting programs.