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Tuesday, June 8, 2004
DaimlerChrysler GEM Electric Vehicles Transport World Leaders at 2004 G8 Summit
Nation's leading electric vehicles provide quiet, zero emission transportation
World leaders ride in GEMs decorated with national colors
Vehicle sale proceeds to benefit charity
Savannah, Georgia (June 8, 2004) – Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) CEO Lawrence Oswald, President & COO Rick Kasper, and G8 Summit Planning Organization Director of Communications Barry Bennett will host a press briefing at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 9 in Briefing Room B at the G8 Summit International Media Center in Savannah.
GEM and G8 officials will discuss the importance of using GEM vehicles at G8, the global implications and benefits of zero emission vehicles, and where the vehicles will go following the G8 Summit. Journalists also will receive an opportunity to see an exact replica of the U.S. vehicle as well as interview GEM officials following the briefing.
DaimlerChrysler provided 38 GEMs for use at the G8 Summit at Sea Island , Georgia , with each head of state using a custom-designed GEM decorated with their nation's flag.
Who : Global Electric Motorcars, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler, based in Fargo , North Dakota
What : Press briefing at G8 International Media Center, Briefing Room B,
When: Wednesday, June 9, 9 a.m.
- Lawrence Oswald , CEO, GEM; Director of GEM and Electric Vehicle Product Team, DaimlerChrysler
- Rick Kasper , President & COO, GEM
- Barry Bennett , G8 Summit Planning Organization, Director of Communications
GEM is the leading street legal electric vehicle in the country, with more than 28,000 in use. The vehicles are used in locations such as urban communities, master planned communities, college and university campuses, military bases, airports, state and national parks, city centers and industrial and commercial parks. GEMs have a top speed of 25 mph, can be driven on roadways posted up to 35 mph and meet all Federal safety standards for Low Speed Vehicles. They are classified as zero emission vehicles.
Images of the GEM vehicles used at the G8 can be found at http://22.214.171.124/G8_Photos/index.html. Additional information about GEM can be found at www.gemcar.com .