Photo courtesy of Polaris.

Photo courtesy of Polaris.

Polaris Industries Inc. has updated its Polaris GEM low-speed vehicle with improved ergonomics and range as well as more comfort and safety features, the company has announced.

In addition to more traditional battery options, GEM offers a warranty-backed lithium-ion battery that improves range by as much as three times. The battery may last the entire life of the vehicle, according to the company.

The new GEM has more built-in comfort and street-legal safety features than a golf cart, and is more maneuverable, cost-efficient and sustainable than a truck or van, according to Polaris. It offers a compact footprint and quiet electric power.

The zero-emissions 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.

GEM’s safety features including high-back forward-facing seats, three-point seat belts, an automotive glass windshield, and LED signal lights. 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 vehicles can be driven indoors or outdoors, on streets or on sidewalks.

The new GEMs include Smart Power, a feature that matches the power to the task. It combines an efficient electrical system and a right-sized motor with the ability to choose the best combination of battery and charge options.

Originally posted on Government Fleet