GEM Electric Cars Transport G8 Leaders at L'Aquila Summit

Fiat Group and Chrysler Group LLC’s Global Electric Motorcars provided 33 GEM e4 neighborhood electric vehicles.

Published: 10-Jul-2009

FARGO, N.D. -- As discussions of energy efficiency and climate change take the front seat in this year’s G8 Summit talks, Fiat Group and Chrysler Group LLC’s Global Electric Motorcars are showing their dedication to environmentally sound transportation solutions by providing 33 GEM e4 zero-emission electric vehicles at the G8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy. The GEM cars will be used as the official shuttles for the Summit’s attending heads of state. The highly anticipated meeting takes place from July 8 – 10.

As the world’s largest Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) manufacturer, Global Electric Motorcars offers convenient transportation solutions. GEM cars drive the equivalent of 150 miles (241 kilometers) per gallon, or two cents per mile – just the kind of eco-conscious engineering that the 2009 G8 Summit takes into account in evaluating its transportation needs. Global Electric Motorcars’ Italian distributor, Geo Europa, will be on hand to provide technical assistance and support during the event.

“Global Electric Motorcars is proud to collaborate with Fiat Group in providing GEM electric vehicles at the G8 Summit,” said Rick Kasper, President and COO of Global Electric Motorcars. “This further validates the importance of neighborhood electric vehicles as a green transportation solution."

The G8 Summit has served as a powerful forum for environmental conservation and the fight against climate change. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the development of low-carbon content technologies will be a major focus at this year’s Summit – causes that Global Electric Motorcars pioneers in its mission to provide environmentally conscious transportation alternatives worldwide.

About Global Electric Motorcars:

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC, Global Electric Motorcars has been the market leader in the low-speed, NEV industry for the past 11 years and has more than 40,000 GEM battery-electric vehicles on the road worldwide.

The six GEM passenger and utility models are legal on most streets with posted speeds of 35 mph less and have many of the same safety features of regular cars, but are much more economical in price and fuel consumption.

To date, GEM cars have been driven more than 350 million emission-free miles, and have saved more than 16 million gallons of gasoline. They also have prevented more than 180 tons of ozone-producing pollutants from reaching the air.

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