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3/4/2021
GEM FAQ

What is a Polaris GEM electric vehicle?
Polaris started in 1954 and is now a recognized leader in the powersports industry. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality on- and off-road vehicles. GEMs are multipurpose, 100 percent all electric transportation and utility vehicles manufactured in Anaheim, California. GEM is the leading brand in the LSV (Low Speed Vehicle) market, and GEM vehicles are street legal in 47 states.

To learn more about GEM and other electric vehicles, listen to the It's Electric: Understanding RANGER EV, GEM and Other Polaris Electric Vehicles episode of the Polaris Podcast.

Who is Global Electric Motorcars (GEM)?
The GEM line of electric vehicles has been designed and manufactured since 1998. Owned by Polaris and produced in Anaheim, California, GEM is the market leader in the Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) industry and has sold more than 45,000 vehicles worldwide. These GEM cars have been driven more than 450 million miles and, as a result, have saved almost 20 million gallons of gasoline. Our goal is to continue to design innovative, environmentally friendly, worry-free and low-cost-of-ownership vehicles that solve all your transportation or light utility needs.

What is an LSV?
LSV stands for “Low Speed Vehicle." LSV is a vehicle class that has a maximum speed of 25 mph and legally can be driven on most roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less. All vehicles must meet all U.S. federal safety standards for Low Speed Vehicles and be equipped with automotive safety windshield glass, three-point safety belts, turn signals, headlamps and brake lights, horn, mirrors, windshield wipers and on-road tires. Some states have special requirements and restrictions for LSV-classified vehicles. Check with your local GEM Dealer for any specific laws your state has implemented.

How Fast Do GEM Cars Go?
To comply with the U.S. federal safety Low Speed Vehicle standards, GEM cars achieve a top speed of 25 mph.

What is a GEM Car's 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 on a charge. See the range diagram for more specifics. 

Where Can GEM Cars Be Driven?
GEM cars can be driven on many roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less. It is an ideal vehicle for driving in work sites, campuses, military bases, gated communities, resorts, airports, sports stadiums, or just around the neighborhood. Uses include personal transportation, shuttle driving, light-duty hauling, specialized and custom utility, or security/patrol.

Where Can I Find and Purchase a GEM Car?
GEM has a dedicated North America Commercial Sales Team that is available to assist in the purchase of a vehicle. We want to ensure you get the right vehicle for your needs so you are happy about your purchase. GEM vehicles are also sold through authorized dealers throughout the country. They can also assist in ensuring you get the right vehicle — Find A Dealer near you. 

How Much Does a GEM Car Cost?
With less maintenance and no fuel costs, GEM electric vehicles are significantly more affordable and cost-effective than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. Check out current deals and incentives or browse the GEM lineup for pricing and options.

Where Do I Go to Demo a GEM Vehicle?
Our dedicated North America Commercial Sales Team is dedicated to work with you to ensure you get the right vehicle for the job. They can bring vehicles to your campus to conduct demos in the conditions you will be using them to ensure they will fit your needs. Our dealerships also have vehicles on-site to test ride as well. Request a test ride today.

How Safe are GEM Cars?
Each of the five GEM models meets all U.S. federal safety standards for Low Speed Vehicles (LSVs) and is equipped with automotive safety windshield glass, three-point safety 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.

Is Special Equipment Needed to Charge the Batteries?
The GEM comes standard with an on-board charger, which plugs into a standard 110-volt outlet. There also are optional fast chargers that can be installed to shorten the time it takes to charge the vehicle, as well as a charger option that adapts to public charge stations, making it easier to plug in any time.

How Long Does It Take to Recharge a GEM?
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. 

How Much Does It Cost to Charge a GEM?
Each battery pack configuration will vary some. On average, to fully charge a GEM car from a completely discharged state, it takes 5 to 8.9 kWh of power. Multiply that by the local cost per kWh and you will have the cost for charging your GEM car.

Do My 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 Types of Options Are Available?
GEM vehicles are orderable right from the factory. Create your vehicle with many aesthetic options such as doors and bumpers, productivity options such as a ladder rack and a variety of storage trunks, and even power options such as a larger motor and fast chargers. To make it even easier there are convenient packages to choose from, including a premium package, cold weather package, and a commercial package. Personalize your GEM to create the ultimate vehicle exactly how you want it.

How Much Are GEM Car Parts and Aftermarket Options?
All GEM car products are sold through authorized GEM Dealerships. Visit our Parts and Accessories pages to view and price available options for all GEM models.

Does GEM Offer a 4x4 Utility Vehicle?
GEM does not make a 4x4 utility vehicle, however the Polaris RANGER EV is electric powered.

Are State and Federal Tax Credits Available For GEM Electric Vehicles?
There are currently no federal tax credits available for GEM vehicles. For information on possible state tax credits, contact your local dealer as they will have the most up-to-date information.

Are GEM Cars Available to Purchase Through the GSA or Sourcewell Program?
Yes, GEMs can be purchased via GSA or Sourcewell contracting programs.

How Do I Become a GEM Dealer?
If you are interested in becoming an authorized GEM Dealership, please visit our Dealer Development new dealer inquiry page on Polaris.com.

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