The New York Times talks to some surfers and a chiropractor about their GEM electric vehicles. Legal in 30 states (including the always stringent California and New York) and pushing a wicked 48 volts and 5 horsepower, the GEM can attain 25 mph and can be piloted on all roads with speed limits up to 30. It can be recharged in any 120-volt household outlet, and has a 20 to 30 mile range. The DaimlerChrysler-owned company is providing 38 GEMs to be used by delegates at the upcoming Group of 8 economic summit, including one for President Bush equipped with what I will dub the "Patriot Package"— a whole bunch of American flags.

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