Charlotte University Expands 'Green' Fleet with GEM Electric Cars

Alternatively fueled vehicles built to meet mandate set by state

Published: 31-Jul-2007

UNC Charlotte is building a fleet of alternatively fueled vehicles to comply with a state mandate that says 75 percent of all state motor fleets operate on alternative fuel by January of 2009.

The university has added 51 low-speed, battery-electric vehicles to its motor fleet since 2005, and it plans to add at least 90 more.

UNCC added 24 Daimler Chrysler Global Electric Motorcars since 2005 to the fleet that includes 24 Club Cars, two Trolleys, one EZGO Electric Vehicle, and two Columbia Par Car Summit Neighborhood Electric Vehicles.


Pasadena ordered to return its 11 Nissan Hypermini battery electric cars after carmaker refuses to renew leases.

Siemens VDO engineers are working on plans to integrate the drivetrain, steering, shock absorbers and brakes directly into the wheels of future cars.

Called the Xebra, the new vehicle has three wheels instead of four, weighs under 1,000 pounds and can seat four. It travels up to 40 miles on one charge, and whirs along at up to 40 mph.


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