Global Electric Motorcars Partners With Matra Manufacturing and Services to Offer GEM Electric Vehicles in France

  • Four models available: two-passenger, four-passenger, utility vehicles
  • Best-selling electric vehicle in the U.S. fits niche for short-trip, zero emission travel
  • More than 30,000 in use worldwide


    Mar 27, 2006

    Electric Motorcars, LLC, (GEM) a DaimlerChrysler company headquartered
    in Fargo, North Dakota, will partner with Matra Manufacturing and
    Services to market all-electric GEM vehicles in France.

    GEM line of vehicles will be a major part of Matra MS’s involvement in
    the Light Electric Vehicle market in France. The extensive range
    of GEM light electric vehicles will be modified to meet European Union
    regulations for light and heavy quadricycles and will be available in
    two-passenger, four-passenger, and utility versions.

    Matra MS
    will operate as the exclusive distributor of GEM vehicles in the French
    market. The GEM vehicles will bring an immediate solution to the
    European customer looking for alternative transportation for short
    distances and to reduce emissions and fuel consumption.

    are pleased to announce this new relationship with Mantra,” said Rick
    Kasper, President of Global Electric Motorcars. “GEM electric
    vehicles have proven themselves with American consumers, and we look
    forward to providing the benefits of these clean, fun-to-drive vehicles
    to a new group of consumers in France.”

    The partnership
    between GEM and Mantra also includes the establishment in Romorantin,
    France, of a European Manufacturing and Services platform for GEM
    vehicles, to establish the highest quality and service for its European
    dealers and customers.

    Over 30,000 GEM vehicles have been
    produced and distributed across the United States and internationally,
    and are in use in settings such as city centers, master planned
    communities, rural areas, military bases, local, state and national
    parks, industrial developments, airports and college and university
    “GEMs provide clean, quiet, efficient and
    affordable transportation. As a zero-emission alternative to
    petrol and diesel-powered vehicles, they can have a significant impact
    on air quality. And best of all, GEMs are fun to drive,” Kasper

    Information on GEM electric vehicles is available at Broadcast-quality video of GEM electric vehicles is available at (click on Chrysler Group>Business>Digital Archive>Broadcast Video, or at


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