Polaris Industries announced details of the 2016 lineup of GEM electric low-speed vehicles (LSVs). Changes to the previous vehicles include improved ergonomics, ride, and range, as well as more comfort and safety features, said Brittany Astrup, GEM marketing specialist.
GEM features an aluminum chassis that passes SAE roof-crush test standards, front-wheel disc brakes, an automotive-style suspension, and maintenance-free battery options.
According to Polaris, the GEM vehicles have more built-in comfort and street-legal safety features than a golf cart, and are more maneuverable, cost-efficient, and sustainable than trucks or vans. The vehicles can be used indoors, outdoors, on streets, or on sidewalks.
Safety features include high-back forward-facing seats, three-point seat belts, an automotive glass windshield, and LED signal lights. With a maximum speed of 25 MPH, GEM vehicles are legal to drive on streets in most states and provinces, typically on roads marked up to 35 MPH, according to Polaris. The optional RiderX app prvides free access to maps of nearby residential roads, helping drivers plan their trips as well as track the vehicle’s performance.
The new GEMs include Smart Power, which matches the power to the task, combining an efficient electrical system and a right-sized motor, with the ability to choose the best combination of battery and charge options. In addition to more traditional battery options, GEM offers a warranty-backed Li-Ion battery. Li-Ion increases battery range, and drivers can also expect two to three times the battery cycles. This means the battery may last the entire life of the GEM.
The e2, e4, and e6 passenger vehicles seat between two and six people. The eL XD utility vehicle offers a recessed bed option to lower loading height and maximize hauling capability. It has the ability to haul more than 1,400 lbs. The eM1400 utility vehicle has can tow up to 1,250 lbs., and the eM1400 LSV features a steel flatbed with 1,250-lb. payload capacity.
Shipping for these products will begin in December.