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August 13, 2012

Electric "GEM' car available in Athens

— Champion Powersports in Athens recently joined a nationwide dealer network offering the Polaris GEM, a premium line of electric vehicles. With the addition of Polaris GEM vehicles to its stable of products, Champion Powersports is providing businesses in North Alabama with a versatile solution to move people, cargo, and complete essential tasks. Champion Powersports plans to aggressively market the new product to local commercial and industrial related industries such as the city of Athens, TVA, Steelcase, Federal Mogul, Athens State University, Calhoun Community College, Redstone Arsenal, Research Park, NASA and more.

The GEM lineup offers six models for transportation and utility use. The electric vehicles are fully customizable with suggested retail prices ranging from $7,829-$13,459.

With no emissions, unmatched maneuverability and engineering that complies with federal safety requirements for low-speed vehicles, GEMs can be driven indoors or on roads anywhere with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less. The battery-operated system costs about 2 cents per mile to operate, reaches a maximum speed of 25 mph, and can run up to 40 miles per charge depending on temperature, grade, payload, and driving style.

“We are incredibly pleased to have Champion Powersports join the nationwide network of dealers that recognizes the need for these vehicles, and believe the Polaris GEM is the best product to offer North Alabama,” said Greg Thompson, vehicle marketing manager for Polaris Industries Inc. “We are proud to join Champion Powersports in providing businesses of North Alabama an affordable, environmentally-friendly solution to their transportation and utility needs.”

GEM vehicles come with a standard two-year warranty, along with roadside assistance. Champion Powersports is equipped to provide customers with repairs and maintenance throughout the life of the vehicle.

“The market for durable, commercial, energy-efficient vehicles is on the rise and North Alabama is looking for a solution,” said Vickie Hamm, general manager of Champion Powersports.

GEM’s line of electric vehicles can be viewed at Champion Powersports on U.S. 72. To schedule a test ride, call 256-262-0888 or visit http://www.championpowersports.net.

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