Options Include a Lithium Ion Battery for Range, Long Life
Polaris is unveiling its line of “all-new” GEM battery electric LSV/low speed vehicles today, claiming more built-in comfort and street-legal safety features in an aluminum-chassis product that is “more maneuverable, cost-efficient and sustainable than a truck or van.” updated October 27
“Facilities managers, operations directors, and electric-vehicle consumers have come to count on Polaris GEM vehicles to improve productivity and efficiency,” Polaris GEM director John Stockman says in the release 2016 line-up announcement. “The all-new GEM takes what our customers already love about these vehicles and improves the ergonomics, ride and range.
“We’ve also added more comfort and safety features to provide an even better experience for both rider and driver,” Stockman said, “with the added benefit of just 3¢ per mile cost of ownership.”
Shipping in December
GEM says it’s the first in the industry to offer a warranty-backed lithium ion battery. The lithium battery can triple single-charge range, and boost battery cycles by two to three times: “In the entire life of your GEM, you may never need another battery.”
Polaris is offering optional 8.9- and 12.4-kilowatt-hour battery packs. Also new for 2016: an optional J1772 charge port and optional Level 2 charging that’s six times faster than standard – 23 miles of range per hour of charging.
The 2016 GEMs are to begin shipping this December.
Polaris acquired GEM – the former Global Electric Motorcars – from Chrysler in July 2011.
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