Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I drive the GEM® car?
Low-speed vehicles can be driven on roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less. Our cars can be driven throughout Seabrook and Kiawah Islands and to Bohickets Marina and Freshfields Village. The low speed vehicles can go through the traffic circle, however, they cannot be driven towards Charleston on Betsy Kerrison Parkway. Low-speed vehicles also cannot be driven on golf cart paths, bicycle paths, or on the beach.

How fast do GEM® cars go?
GEM® models achieve a top speed of 25 mph, in line with Federal Low-Speed Vehicle requirements.

How far can a GEM® car go on a single charge?
The driving range of the GEM® car can be affected by many things (including temperature, terrain, driving conditions, payload, battery age and tire pressure). With proper conditions and fully charged batteries, a typical GEM® car can get up to 40 + miles on a charge.

How long does it take to charge the GEM car?
It takes approximately six to eight hours to recharge a GEM® car from a completely discharged state.

What equipment is required to charge the batteries?
The batteries are charged with an onboard charger that plugs into a standard 110-volt outlet.

When can I charge the batteries?
GEM® cars can be plugged at any time to top off the charge or to completely charge the vehicle. You can give your batteries and “opportunity charge” at any time. There is no problem whether plugging in for 30 minutes or 4 hours. Always try to keep the batteries charged. The best practice is to fully charge at the end of each day of use.

How safe are GEM® cars?
GEM® cars meet all U.S. federal safety standards for low-speed vehicles (LSV’s) and is equipped with automotive safety windshield glass, three-point safety belts, turn signals, headlamps and brake lights, horn, mirrors and windshield wipers.

The operator and all passengers are subject to the same legal requirements for seat belt use as occupants in other on-road vehicles.  Always make sure children are properly restrained.  Children ages 12 and under should ride in a rear seat.  Infants must always be restrained in a rear seat  Use the type of restraint that is correct for your child.  When using child safety seats, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation and use in a vehicle containing only a shoulder/lap belt restraint system.

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