Roaming the 'Ranch' In a GEM Electric Car

Florida community Lakewood Ranch hopes to be labeled as 'Global Electric Motorcars-friendly community' in near future

Published: 25-Dec-2007

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Edgewater's Don O'Leary, sometimes referred to as "Mr. Mayor" because of his busy social schedule, apparently is the perfect person to test an electric car in Lakewood Ranch.
O'Leary has spent the last nine days driving a $7,000, two-door, battery-powered electric car manufactured by Global Electric Motorcars, or GEM, a Chrysler company based in North Dakota.

Not only does GEM hope to see some electric cars parked in the garages of Lakewood Ranch's 6,000 homes, but Lakewood Ranch also hopes to one day be listed as a "GEM-friendly community," said Sondra Guffey, a spokeswoman with Lakewood Ranch's developer, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch.

"We are hoping in the future, as we build north of State Road 70 and east of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, that those communities will be perfect for GEM," Guffey said.


Woman says battery-powered car creates no emissions, doesn't pollute the air. Photo credit: by Kevin G. Gilbert, Herald-Mail Staff Photographer. High res version avaiable on paper web site.

The Volt can be fully charged by plugging it into a 110-volt outlet for approximately six hours a day.

The Chevrolet Volt E-Flex concept electric car represents a marked shift at General Motors as the company tries to wrestle a reputation for high technology back from its archrival Toyota.


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