The Polaris GEM® from Polaris Industries Inc. is a customizable (e.g., doors, color, steering, battery, optics) low-speed electric vehicle that operates on clean, low-cost electric power for low maintenance, sustainable operation. It can be used indoors and outdoors on streets or sidewalks, and is a flexible, reliable, zero-emissions vehicle with a smooth ride.
GEM offers a spacious interior with a compact footprint; more built-in safety features than a golf cart; and more maneuverability, efficiency, and a lower carbon footprint than a van or truck. Whether moving people, cargo, or equipment, GEM can do it easily and efficiently. Riders can use the GEM for applications such as facilities maintenance, personal transportation, shuttles and tours, hauling, security, and hospitality and housekeeping. It features an aluminum chassis that passes SAE roof-crush-test standards, front-wheel disc brakes, an automotive-style suspension, and a variety of maintenance-free battery options.
“Facilities managers, operations directors, and electric-vehicle consumers have come to count on Polaris GEM vehicles to improve productivity and efficiency,” says Dan Chumbler, director of Sales, Work and Transportation. “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, with the added benefit of just $.03 per mile cost of ownership.”
GEM vehicles provide the versatility to go anywhere. Their premium safety features include high-back forward-facing seats, three point seat belts, an automotive glass windshield, and LED signal lights that provide drivers and riders increased confidence. 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. The optional RiderX app provides free access to maps of nearby residential roads, helping riders plan their trip as well as track vehicle performance.
The GEM also includes Smart Power. Smart Power 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 improves the distances riders can cover—up to three times the range—and allows for two-to-three-times the battery cycles. This means that riders may not need another battery for the entire life of their electric vehicle.
In addition to battery options, all GEM vehicles are fully customizable to enhance comfort, convenience, and productivity. In-windshield defrost, electronic power steering, integrated doors, and a full range of rear carrier options are just a few of the factory-installed and warranty backed options available with a GEM.
The Polaris GEM line includes the GEM® e2, e4, and e6 as well as the GEM® eL XD, eM™ 1400, eM™ 1400 LSV, and Polaris® M1400™. The GEM eL XD is the first vehicle of its kind to offer a recessed bed option to lower loading height and maximize hauling capability. With its rugged build, the ability to haul over 1,400 pounds, and the wide variety of accessories, this electric vehicle delivers a smart alternative to traditional transportation options.