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Electric Vehicle Provides Green Alternative for Facilities Maintenance - Polaris Industries Inc. - Facility Management Product Release
Polaris Industries Inc. delivers a jolt to the low-speed vehicle (LSV) market with the all-new Polaris GEM. Imagine a work-all-day electric vehicle with the power you need when you need it. The Polaris GEM goes the distance on clean, low-cost electric power and just the right add-on features to customize it for your facility’s needs.
GEM offers a spacious interior with a compact footprint and quiet electric power for low-cost, low maintenance, sustainable operation. GEM is the market leader in the electric LSV industry and has sold more than 50,000 vehicles worldwide. GEM vehicles have been driven more than 450 million miles, saving almost 20 million gallons of gasoline. Now, the ride is even better. With more built-in comfort and street-legal safety features than a golf cart, GEM is more maneuverable, cost-efficient and sustainable than a truck or van.
Whether you’re moving people, cargo or equipment, the new GEM vehicles get the job done easily and efficiently. Built with quality and durability in mind, GEM 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. Drive it outdoors or indoors, the result is a flexible, reliable, zero-emissions vehicle with a smoother ride.
“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 3 cents per mile cost of ownership.”
GEM vehicles provide the versatility to go anywhere – indoors, outdoors, streets or sidewalks. GEM’s premium safety features including high-back forward-facing seats, 3-pt. seat belts, an automotive glass windshield, and LED signal lights 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 you plan your trip as well as track your vehicle’s performance.
To provide even more driver confidence, the new GEM 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 is the first vehicle in the industry to offer a warranty-backed Li-Ion battery. Not only does Li-Ion dramatically improve the distances you can cover – up to three times the range – you can also expect two-to-three-times the battery cycles. This means in the entire life of your GEM, you may never need another battery.
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 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 fourteen-hundred pounds, and the wide variety of accessories, this vehicle delivers a smart alternative to traditional transportation options.
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