Peapod electric car by Chrysler

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Car brand Chrysler have re-designed the GEM Peapod, a battery-powered electric car.

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The Peapod has a top speed of 25 miles per hour and a range of up to 30 miles per charge. Battery charge is extended by regenerative braking and recharge time is approximately six to eight hours.

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"GEM vehicles are used in settings such as city centers, planned communities, military bases, college campuses, corporate and commercial centers, and city, state and national parks," say Chrysler's designers.

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The interior includes mesh seating and an iPod dock, and incorporates recycled and recyclable materials.

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The re-designed vehicle is due for production in 2009.

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The following information is from Chrysler LLC:

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GEM Introduces Peapod Neighborhood Electric Vehicle – the Next Generation of Clean and Green Transportation – No Gas. No Emissions. Pure Electric.

Clean and green transportation gets a new look and feel as GEM, a Chrysler LLC company, introduces the next generation of clean, gas-free and emission-free, battery electric vehicles.

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The vehicle’s innovative, groundbreaking design, with its striking pod-like shape and sleek lines, reflects the environmentally friendly nature that has been the hallmark of GEM since its founding 10 years ago.

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The user-friendly mood of the vehicle, named the GEM Peapod, is enhanced with the newly designed center console that will offer iPod integration, as well as hands-free operation of the customer's iPhone. Other innovations include ergonomic, supportive, mesh seating, which enables air circulation for comfort and uses eco-friendly recycled and recyclable materials.

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“We have evolved the GEM design language to better reflect its eco-friendly performance and its upbeat, positive image,” said Peter Arnell, Chrysler LLC’s Chief Innovation Officer who led the design process. “These vehicles use no gasoline and emit no pollutants. So whether it’s a trip around the neighborhood or the drive to school or work, the GEM Peapod is the ideal way to contribute to a greener planet, and a healthy lifestyle."

GEM will also get a new name – GreenEcoMobility, Arnell said, signifying the company’s goal to redefine environmentally friendly vehicles. Chrysler will show the styling model for the production 2009 GEM at the company’s headquarters Sept. 23. The re-designed GEM is scheduled for production in 2009.

The Peapod represents the first in a series of product launches that will redefine the future of electric vehicles, said the company’s CEO Bruce Coventry. “With this next generation GEM, we will broaden the market for this clean, emission-free technology,” Coventry said.

In addition to the 2009 GEM Peapod neighborhood electric vehicle, Coventry said, GEM has plans to market a new light-duty, battery electric commercial truck and a larger city electric vehicle, with more range and performance.

These vehicles are scheduled for production within the next year, he said. Today’s GEM is the nation’s No. 1 zero-emission electric vehicle, with 38,000 produced and in use. GEM vehicles are used in settings such as city centers, planned communities, military bases, college campuses, corporate and commercial centers, and city, state and national parks.

“Over the past decade, GEM has established itself as the nation’s leading battery-powered, pure electric vehicle,” said GEM President and COO Rick Kasper. “We have done that by responding to the needs of our customers for safety, utility, versatility and performance in environmentally friendly vehicles."

GEM cars are available in six models: two-, four- and six-passenger cars and three utility vehicles. GEM neighborhood electric vehicles have a top speed of 25 miles per hour, a range of up to 30 miles per charge (battery charge is extended through use of regenerative braking) and are street legal in more than 40 states. The vehicles can be recharged anytime, anywhere with a standard 110-volt outlet. Recharge time is approximately six to eight hours.

By replacing conventional vehicles, GEM vehicles can reduce overall emissions of pollutants, particularly during short trips when conventional vehicles create the most tailpipe emissions. GEM vehicles have been driven a combined 200 million miles and averted more than 150 tons of pollutants from reaching the air, while saving 10 million gallons of gasoline.

About Global Electric Motorcars
Global Electric Motorcars LLC is the former name for the Chrysler LLC company that manufactures and markets neighborhood electric vehicles. The 10-year-old company, now called GreenEcoMobility, is based in Fargo, N.D.

  • cpcp

    not one for short skirts.
    you cant leave anything in that car without it being on display.

    “The Peapod has a top speed of 25 miles per hour and a range of up to 30 miles per charge. Battery charge is extended by regenerative braking and recharge time is approximately six to eight hours.”

    Why bother.

  • cpcp

    “GEM Introduces Peapod Neighborhood Electric Vehicle – the Next Generation of Clean and Green Transportation – No Gas. No Emissions. Pure Electric.”

    that ‘pure elctricty’ is probably coming from a coal power station…..

  • Azeem

    Like IT!!

  • Zenza

    why not…?

  • mr

    Oh dear.. those speed/range/charging time stats sound awful. Are they deliberately trying to make it unattractive?

    Its so obvious that they’re actively trying to fail with this!

    The aesthetic is pretty woeful as well.. like a genetically modified Sinclair c5. Get some Europeans to engineer and design your cars Chrysler!

  • msa

    its funny to see at the top of the page the GEM with a goofy ‘smile’, while the BMW next to it has this mean looking ‘scowl’

  • valden

    to CPCP

    “…city centers, planned communities, military bases, college campuses, corporate and commercial centers, and city, state and national parks”

    my university has a huge fleet of cars which run on gas that only drive around on campus and i’ve always been wondering whether they couldn’t replace them somehow. see….?

  • http://eyecandy-webcandy.blogspot.com Eric

    I’m all for a vehicle that’s friendlier to the environment – but does it have to look STUPID?

  • Matty D

    Wow, I’d hate to get T-Boned driving one of those… Ouch!

  • Lynn

    I would like to see this baby with an 8 inch lift and a set of swampers! Paint it camo and tie a deer to the roof!

  • http://- m

    Just tell your iphone where you want to go, it’ll take you there. No problemo.

    By the way… when was the last time you saw a car smile this much….

  • cpcp

    sorry valden – missed that paragraph!

    it would make an awesome golf cart…. :D

  • MarkJ

    Looks exactly like one of the other 100 or so pod cars done as final year projects by car design students. Chrysler’s going electric in a big way which is smart, but why such woeful performance and range? Haven’t they seen the Tesla? Electric cars are fast!

  • Bob Lucas

    As an owner of a 2000 GEM 825, I think the PeaPod is super. It’s not for everyone. 25 m,ile range doesnt sound like much, but mine takes me from my house to anywahere I want to go in town, and back, a couple times. It is a neighborhood vehicle, a perfect vehicloe to go from the dorm to class, to run to the grocery store, to the pool, to the golf course. Since I got it, I have cut the use of my Ford Ranger by 50 %… that is a lot of gas.
    No, its not for everyone in every city, but SHOULD be promoted, and should be a big hit on college campuses, large factories, hospitals, patrolling parking lots.
    Depends on your location, season, weather. They are super here in the SouthWest, and West, could be used 6 months, or more, in the rest of the country.
    many of us live in small towns, less than 10,000, a perfect vehicle to run errands around town. Yes, they use coal burning electricity. But we have that. we don’t have oil.
    Support these, you have to start somewhere.
    Bob in AZ

  • Christopher Green

    i want one yesterday
    how do i get one
    i just saw one while having lunch in San Antonio, Texas

  • Wilco

    Check Smart: http://www.gizmag.com/go/5888/ and wonder why american car manufacturers can only think of half-whit programs?!
    This Smart runs 70 mph and only needs 2,5 hrs recharge.
    Horrible design btw.

  • Gumper

    Perfect little vehicle for a Truman Show town like Seaside, Fla.

  • Fred Proffitt

    Give it a top speed of 45 miles per hour and an range of 60 miles and a top price of $10.000 and I will take a close serious purchase look.

  • The mrs.

    Well, $12,500 is a bit high for the limited use. For this price a driving range up to 100 miles, a speed range up to 60 mph and a charge time of 2.5 hrs for full charge. Might just as well buy a goft car with plastic covers to keep the rain out. I’ll probably get run over with other cars going 40 mph just going to the stores.

  • http://Dezeen David

    WOW! IT’S ABOUT TIME!!!! MY GOD! GAS IS DEAD!!!!! THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!!!!!!!!!! GREAT JOB GEM!!!!!!!!! GREAT JOB.

  • Tony and Jenn

    We love them and would love to have one. And yes, you do fall for the
    smile on it’s face. They are really cool cars. We love the yellow one. Looks
    like a big hornet.

  • http://www.dezeen.com Cathie Hines

    So disappointed inventor sold out to Chrysler. Saw him and the car on Martha Stewart and went to search it out because I was really interested in the car. Now Chrysler got ahold of it and added a good 10,000 to the price. What a disappointment. I’m back to the Par Car.

  • http://www.viet-hancorp.com.vn Jimmy

    How much for this car? Can I buy for taxi service? How to buy 100 units?
    Please reply

    Jimmy

  • http://www.superswamper.biz/ tom

    Are you going to posts more articles like this.

  • http://www.rediffmail.com mahesh

    very good car

  • mark

    who are they trying to fool.I know they can make a car all elec to do bettter then that.Because i seen on the history channal. Gos a 120 miles on a change,and top speeds up to150 .All elec . MONEYS the deal just like all ways.

  • amit sharma

    Really this is a good car i neve seen befor this type of car i dont know what is cost of this car

  • http://www.carid.com J3rrYcid

    I am not sure why the iPod dock would be a stand-out feature in the car. I guess 4 years back, having such a dock would give it popularity amongst iPod users? Nevertheless, it is a good concept, and pushing for energy efficiency and low emissions are what most car companies are doing now.

  • gm okills

    They make electric cars slow, ugly and expensive on purpose so you won’t buy them and keep on buying gasoline cars that sicken our bodies more and more every day.