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Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC, is the U.S. market leader in the low-speed vehicle category, producing neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) since 1998 and has sold more than 40,000 GEM battery-electric vehicles worldwide.[1]

he company was founded in 1992 by a team of ex-General Motors engineers from Livonia, Michigan, under the name Trans2.

The company was purchased by a group of North Dakota investors and was moved to Fargo, North Dakota. Global Electric Motorcars manufactured its first vehicle in April 1998, a 48-volt GEM car that accommodated two passengers and had a top speed of 20 mph. 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 vheicle, 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. GEM cars always come equipped with these safety features, making them a benchmark in the industry.

GEM battery-electric vehicles are street legal in nearly all 50 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 up to 30 miles (48 km) on a charge. They are battery-electric, operate on a 72-volt battery system and plug into a standard 110-volt outlet for recharging, and fully recharge in six to eight hours.

There are currently six different models of GEM cars available primarily suited for intra-city use. GEM cars are used by local, state and national government agencies, resorts, master-planned communities, universities, medical and corporate campuses, as well as by sports teams, taxi-shuttle services and individual consumers.


April 1998
First GEM car produced in Fargo, North Dakota

October 1998
GEM eL first produced

November 1998
GEM eS first produced

December 1998
GEM e4 first produced

December 2000
DaimlerChrysler Corporation acquires Global Electric Motorcars, LLC

March 2004
2005 models begin production

June 2005
Global Electric Motorcars receives its ISO 9001 Certification

January 2006
GEM has 150 dealers

April 2006
GEM e6 first produced

September 2006
December 2007
Global Electric Motorcars celebrates its 10th Anniversary

GEM eL XD first produced

June 2009
Global Electric Motorcars remains a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC

June 2010
Global Electric Motorcars introduces the new Right Hand Drive GEM electric vehicle

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