DaimlerChrysler AG will unleash its new ’02 GEM neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) on the streets of Santa Monica, CA, this month. GEM vehicles, already in use around the city, are designed for short trips around town in low-speed congested settings, says Ken Montler, GEM president, who adds GEMs are not expected to replace conventional automobiles but supplement them. "That’s the paradox of the GEM," says Montler. "People who don’t know how to use a NEV think it’s not for them. Yet, ...

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