A few more:
Quite like this with its panoramic roof, simple windows, stereo, boot and 4 seats even if it does look daft and does 35mph/30 mile range.
At least America is starting to think about alternatives. From a distance looks a bit like a Twizy at the front.
It sounds like they can only be used in speed limit zones up to 35mph, not on the highway and there has been a lot of negative press from the insurance industry, who slate the lack of safety features and recommend “cycling or buying a Prius” instead. It is an interesting point as over here the Twizy skates around the EU standards by being a quadricycle and not a car, but unlike the GEM it does have an airbag, crumple zone and safety cage, but nothing like the safety of a modern car. It does show how much more developed the Twizy is than the GEM though.
I would not like a side impact in mine-it seems to be slightly safer than a scooter, but nowhere near as safe as a modern car.
The US tested the GEM and a few “non car” road legal vehicles as follows (31mph side/front):
Twizy crash test at 30mph (not a proper NCAP test):
Perhaps the US should develop this idea further and create light EV lanes, like cycle lanes?
Overall, the GEM has many features I would like, but the Twizy is a better package of range, speed, safety and design. I guess, if EVs start to become acceptable in a non-standard car form, in time we will get all the best features combined, to make a specific type of light EVs as opposed to electric cars that look like petrol cars.