World Leaders to Use Electric Vehicles during the upcoming G8 Summit in Russia

Well, as the saying goes, Caesar’s should be above suspicion. So, as the World (?) leaders focus on energy conservation during the upcoming 2006 G8 Summit (St. Petersburg, Russia from July 15-17) they decided to use electric powered vehicles.

At the selection of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian government has purchased 30 four-passenger (e4) GEM electric vehicles for use during the G8 Summit. Each e4 is decorated with a participating country’s national flag (U.S., Russia, Britain, France, Japan, Germany, Canada & Italy) and the official logo of the 2006 G8 Summit.

“GEM electric vehicles will offer the participating leaders with an environmentally-friendly transportation option while attending the G8 Summit,” says Rick Kasper, President and Chief Operating Officer of Global Electric Motorcars, LLC. “It is an honor for GEM to be participating in this important international event for the second time.”

“With zero emissions, GEMs provide clean, quiet, efficient and affordable transportation. As an alternative to conventional vehicles, they can have a significant impact on air quality,” adds Kasper.

GEM – A DaimlerChrysler Company: Global Electric Motorcars, LLC, a DaimlerChrysler company headquartered in Fargo, N.D., is a manufacturer of neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs). GEM gained notoriety when it provided 38 vehicles for the 2004 G8 Summit in Sea Island, Ga. The custom-designed GEM electric vehicles were provided for the leaders of the participating governments’ transportation needs and decorated in their nation’s flag.

More than 30,000 are in use across the United Sates and internationally. GEM electric vehicles have a top speed of 25 mph and meet all federal safety standards for Low Speed Vehicles.

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