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DaimlerChrysler Donates 352 GEM Electric Vehicles to New York City Fleet

November 24, 2003

DaimlerChrysler has donated 352 GEMs to New York city for use in city departments around the five boroughs. The vehicles are being provided to the New York City Parks and Recreation Department and will be put to use in city parks and facilities. "We are pleased to be a partner with the City of New York to get GEMs in use around the city” said Larry Oswald, CEO of Global Electric MotorCars, the division of DaimlerChrysler that produces GEMs. “Everyone benefits when GEMs are used,” Oswald said. “Residents get cleaner air; city employees have safe, clean, and quiet transportation; and more people – including potential buyers – are exposed to the design and capabilities of these vehicles.” “GEMs replace conventional vehicles for the most polluting trips – short trips in a cold-start vehicle, when more than 90 percent of the pollution is emitted. There are more than half a million trips like that in the U.S. every day, and with GEMs, those trips produce zero emissions,” Oswald said. GEMs are categorized as neighborhood electric vehicles and are limited to a top speed of 25 mph and use on roads posted at 35 mph or less. GEMS are in use in locations such as planned communities, industrial and commercial developments, city, state and national parks, college campuses and military facilities.
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