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GEM sales reach 40,000

by Bill Cawthon on

Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group, has set a new record by becoming the first manufacturer of Low-Speed Vehicles (LSVs) to reach 40,000 sales.

“GEM is a successful example of how Chrysler Group is reducing CO2 emissions while answering customer needs for alternatively powered vehicles,” Steve Bartoli, Head of Regulatory Affairs and Engineering Planning, said. “GEM is directly responsible for cutting CO2 output by more than 93,000 tons by replacing gasoline-powered vehicles with electric vehicles.”

The segment leader in LSVs and Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs), Fargo, North Dakota-based GEM produces six different, 100-percent electric, cars used by local, state and national government agencies, resorts, master-planned communities, universities, medical and corporate campuses, as well as by sports teams, taxi-shuttle services and individual consumers. GEM has been part of Chrysler since 2000.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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