Polaris Offers Public Safety GEM
By Chad Elmore27 September 2018
Polaris Government and Defense is adding all-electric GEM vehicles to its line of professional public safety vehicles. Polaris said its firefighting, law enforcement, and rescue Ranger and General vehicles are proven effective and can go places cars, trucks, helicopters and other alternatives can’t. Now, its public safety GEM e2 and e4 vehicles are also available with fully integrated emergency lighting, sirens and public address (PA) systems.
“Polaris is dedicated to providing public safety personnel with the best vehicle options to enable them to perform their demanding jobs at a very high level,” said Jed Leonard, vice president, Polaris Government and Defense. “GEM electric vehicles not only can accomplish what traditional vehicles can, in places they can’t, but they are more sustainable, approachable and economical as well.”
Street legal GEM vehicles have seen long-term success on military bases, universities and in city centers. The new GEM e2 and e4 public safety vehicles are no different and are also equipped to enable urban law enforcement to carry out tasks with familiar and proven equipment. The vehicles are narrower than a patrol car and can travel on sidewalks and navigate between safety bollards. And because they are all electric they can also operate indoors, said the company.
GEM e2 and e4 vehicles have long-range battery options, regenerative braking, payload options, automotive style suspension and are Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) certified when regulations call for it. Each GEM vehicle can be further customized for each department’s needs with rear storage options, heat, defrost, bumpers and doors.
The new Polaris offerings are part of a larger public safety line-up that includes off-road and urban over-the-curb vehicles. The new public safety vehicles and on and off-road UTVS designed for law enforcement, fire and rescue vehicles are available for purchase through GSA, Sourcewell (formerly NJPA), state or local contracts or direct from Polaris. Once purchased, the vehicles are upfit and delivered directly to the customer’s location or their Polaris or GEM dealer of choice.