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GEM electric vehicle

UC Davis Health System has for many years used GEM electric vehicles in place of gasoline-powered vehicles. They are most frequently seen in use by PO&M staff, but other units, such as Interpreting Services, use them, too. 

One could assume that, if not for the GEMs, PO&M would likely be using small pickup trucks, like a Ford Ranger. If each vehicle travels about 20 miles a week, the 47 GEMs currently in service use about $850 in electricity. Compare that to the approximately $10,000 in gasoline that a fleet of Rangers would use, given the same mileage. UC Davis Health System’s commitment to greening our transportation services does indeed minimize pollution and save money.