Anyone seen these vehicles running around the islands anywhere?
Made by Chrysler.
35 miles per charge which at a rate of 50 cents per kwh equals $2.50 per charge (5 kwH) worth to recharge).
Contact Doug White,architect. He had one and was trying to register it as a neighborhood car http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/index.pl/article_home?id=5480065
I owned a GEM vehicle for three years in California. I got it cheap at that time because the govt was offering big credits to Chrysler and tax credits to the buyers.. At the same time Ford had a vehicle called a "Think Car".
They all were glorified golf carts called NEV's (neighborhood electric vehicle). They were given license plates and were considered road legal on any road with a speed limit of 35mph or less. The GEM was a lousy golf cart, but worked ok as a neighborhood car. It has quick acceleration and holds it's speed on fairly steep hills. It will slow down on longer grades. It has a motorcycle suspension and holds the road pretty good, and the regulator can be "adjusted" to increase the speed up to about 40mph.
The earlier models had lots and lots of "WARRANTY" problems. The electrical system and batteries were a very weak point. I had the mobile Gem service technician out to my house on a regular basis. Fortunately it was covered by an automobile warranty, that I extended for about $900. The extended warranty paid for itself three times over.
The battery and electrical system needed to be upgraded, and I have heard that GEM has been working on that problem.
YES, I think a small electric car has a place in the Virgin Islands. The downside is the kilowatt cost of electricity. The second problem are the hills. But they can climb hills, they just do it on island time.
I know we've had a thread talking about motorcycles and bikes, that addressed the safety problems with underpowered vehicles and dangers of bad roads, high water, crazy drivers, etc. But, if you were retired, and didn't need to be on the roads during "rush hour", I wonder if these vehicles might be viable...
I just saw one this morning when we were out for a run. It's so small! I wouldn't be comfortable driving it and most of the roads around here but I saw it on the roads near Green Cay so running up to the mailboxes or down to the marina or to the Deep End, etc would be useful and you wouldn't have much traffic to deal with