GEM Electric Car: Are NEVs for me?
All the cars in the range look the same really with only the amount of seats changing or if it has a flatbed at the back and to be honest that look isn’t the best in the first place so I’ve no idea why they kept repeating it!
What’s an NEV?
A neighbourhood electric vehicle (NEV) is an American term for an electric car designed for low speed use on roads usually with a speed limit of 35mph or lower. They are fully road legal but don’t come with airbags and things such as ‘‘hard doors’’ are optional.
They have a large range of electric powered cars at GEM compared to most electric car makers. Here are the electric powered cars available now:
They all have a range of 30 miles with the exception of the GEM e2 which goes 35 miles and the eL XD which has a range of 40 miles per charge. They all have a top speed of 25 mph in ‘‘high mode’’ and only 15 mph in ‘‘low mode’’. Those ranges and top speeds tell you more about what the cars are intended for than I could ever describe myself!
What do I get for my money?
Are they suitable for you?
The GEM cars are mainly used in places like large resorts, colleges or campuses, airports or security. They can also be used in city centres with low speed limits or in large estates. They are really run around cars for a busy person in a large business or a leisurely person who has to travel small distances.
Basically these cars look like done up golf carts or a futuristic horse carriage! The smaller versions like the GEM electric car e2 would feel very much out of place in the city or an estate unless it's a low emissions zone which would keep some of the bigger cars and trucks out, especially if you have to deal with some of the monster sized cars that most people have jostling for space with you!
I can imagine most people feeling very vulnerable in a car like this and think it would be much better off in resorts and off the public roads. They are, however, all electric vehicles and I have to applaud them for getting some of the gas guzzlers off the roads!
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