GEM FAQ’s

What is a Polaris GEM Electric Vehicle?

Polaris Industries started in 1954, and is now a recognized leader in the power sports industry. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality on and off road vehicles. GEM‘s are multipurpose, 100% all electric transportation and utility vehicles manufactured in Anaheim, CA. 

Who is Global Electric Motorcars (GEM)

The GEM line of electric vehicles has been designed and manufactured since 1998. Owned by Polaris Industries and produced in Anaheim, CA, GEM is the market leader in the low-speed vehicle (LSV) industry and has sold more than 45,000 vehicles worldwide. GEM vehicles have driven more than 450 million miles (772 million kilometers) and, as a result, have saved almost 20 million gallons (75 million liters) of gasoline. Our goal is to continue to design innovative, environmentally-friendly vehicles that provide a safe, comfortable, and fun ride.

What is an LSV?

LSV stands for “Low-Speed Vehicle”. An LSV is a vehicle class that has a maximum speed of 25 mph (40 km/h), and can legally be driven on most roads posted 35 mph (50 km/h or less). 

How fast do GEM vehicles go?

GEM can achieve a top speed of 25 mph

What is is GEM vehicles driving range on a single charge ?

Many things can affect the driving range of the GEM car, including ambient temperature, terrain, driving conditions, payload, driving habits, battery age and tire pressure. It is hard to say exactly what your range will be, but GEM cars are capable of getting up to 98 miles (157 km) on a charge.

How safe is a GEM vehicle ?

All GEM models meet all U.S. federal safety standards for low-speed vehicles (LSVs) and is equipped with automotive safety windshield glass, three-point seat 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.

What powers the GEM vehicles?

The batteries are charged with an onboard charger that plugs into a standard 110-volt outlet. It takes approximately six to eight hours to recharge a GEM vehicle from a completely discharged state. The ideal time to charge is at night when the demand for electric power is at its lowest, although the GEM can be plugged in virtually anywhere, at any time, to top off the charge or to completely charge the vehicle.

Is special equipment needed to charge the GEM vehicles?

No special equipment is needed. 

How long does it take to charge the GEM vehicles?

Each battery pack configuration causes the charging time to vary slightly. On average, it takes approximately six to eight hours to recharge a GEM car from a completely discharged state. 

Do the 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. Always try to keep the batteries charged. 

What is the factory warranty for GEM vehicles?

Refer to your GEM Owner’s Manual for warranty details specific to your vehicle. Polaris GEM vehicles come standard with a two-year/8,000-mile (12,900 km), limited warranty on all components, except batteries. Batteries are handled separately; lead-acid type batteries have a pro-rated two-year/8,000-mile(12,900 km) limited warranty. Li-Ion type batteries come with a five-year/30,000-miles (48,300 km) limited warranty.

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