List of GEM NEV Error Codes

List of GEM NEV error codes
List of GEM NEV error codes

While the popularity of GEM electric vehicles continues to grow here at the electric forum, our members have been building a list of GEM NEV error codes since 2010. This list of codes includes many which are not in the official manual and has been priceless for thousands of GEM NEV owners who have experienced issues along way. In many ways this continuing list, which is still being updated today, perfectly illustrates the value of forums where information can be exchanged and made available to the masses. If you have any issues with your GEM NEV which are proving difficult to fix there is assistance to hand. As well as the growing list of GEM error codes we have a number of members with expertise in the area of electric vehicles and specifically GEM NEVs. If any issues which you are experiencing have not already been published and solved on the forum please feel free to join and post your issues.

The growing popularity of neighbourhood electric vehicles

It is not difficult to see why neighbourhood electric vehicles are growing in popularity because they are easy to use, highly efficient, and perfect for those travelling relatively short distances. As we have touched on in some of our earlier articles, in many ways neighbourhood electric vehicles have flown under the radar because there is no doubt they are a major success for the electric vehicle industry.

Historically, there has been some confusion with regards to road use regulations which in the US in particular seem to differ from state to state. However, over time we have seen the coming together of basic criteria which has been of great assistance to neighbourhood electric vehicle manufacturers.

What is the public perception of neighbourhood electric vehicles?

We would hazard a guess if you were to ask 10 people about their perception of neighbourhood electric vehicles you get an array of different answers. The truth is that there are now neighbourhood electric vehicles in our everyday life, from public use to state authorities, as well as college campuses and large corporates. The stereotypical image of neighbourhood electric vehicles in the U.S. and around the world is changing.

Over the last few years we have built up our own presence in the neighbourhood electric vehicle market with a particular emphasis on GEM NEVs. Historically, the U.S. has been the larger GEM NEV market but there is growing interest in countries such as the UK and other parts of the world. In many ways this is the traditional route to market - the U.S. seems to lead while the rest follow.

Online help

As we touched on above, members of the electric form have been building their own GEM error code list since 2010. This list even contains an array of codes which are not even mentioned in the official manual, giving you a better insight into how your vehicle works and any issues you may have. If you have found a new error code, or perhaps you have an issue which needs to be resolved, we strongly recommend you check out our GEM error code thread.

Who Would Use a GEM Electric Car?

GEM Electric Vehicle
GEM Electric Vehicle

The GEM electric vehicle is by far and away the most popular so-called neighborhood electric vehicle/low speed vehicle on the market today. This is a brand which has been around for many years, and while it is commonly associated with neighborhood and personal use there are many other areas in which you will see GEM electric cars.

Hotels and resorts

Some of the larger hotel and resort complexes have an array of GEM electric vehicles which are used to ferry customers from place to place within these large complexes. This not only ensures minimum inconvenience for customers but also ensures they have more time to spend within the complex!

Colleges and universities

The colleges and universities of today are enormous compared to those of yesteryear. The ability to use GEM electric vehicles to ferry, not only students but also teaches and assistants around these large complexes is a godsend. While perhaps not the first use that you would think of for a neighborhood electric vehicle, they certainly make a difference.

Security patrols

Zero emission low speed neighborhood electric vehicles are just perfect for security patrols, increasing the coverage available for security guards. This is not only one of the most efficient ways to patrol a complex but it can also potentially save significant money for the security companies.

Federal government and the military

Federal government and the military have been using neighborhood electric vehicles for many years now and it is no surprise when you bear in mind the enormous complexes on which many public services are housed. This not only reduces emissions into the atmosphere but it is also one of the most efficient methods of getting individuals from A to B on these large complexes.

States, cities and municipalities

You will have noticed yourself that many public services involve the use of GEM electric vehicles which are perfect for carrying various pieces of equipment and materials required in the everyday working life of a public service worker. This may include everything from gardening to building maintenance, from on-site deliveries, to picking up fellow workers.

Property management

Many of the large property management companies have an array of properties on large complexes which are often quite a way apart. The ability to not only patrol these areas but also carry various goods and tools can be a godsend. The role of the everyday caretaker is now very different on these particular developments with the introduction of neighborhood electric vehicles.

Athletics and entertainment

There is no doubt you will at some point have seen GEM electric vehicles in use at athletics and entertainment events. They are a very easy, very cheap, and very efficient way of moving individuals, materials, and tools from place to place within these large arenas. When you bear in mind the durability of the modern day neighborhood electric vehicle they offer exceptional value for money.

Neighborhood and commuting

As the term neighborhood electric vehicle suggests, GEM electric vehicles are perhaps most recognised as an alternative method of neighborhood and local commuting. The street laws for various neighborhood electric vehicles are different from state to state but the vast majority of local authorities allow these on the roads as long as they do not go above a certain speed. The traditional neighborhood electric vehicle of today is extremely roadworthy and in many cases automatically street legal.

Landscaping and construction

Low speed vehicles were something of a godsend for the landscaping and construction industry because, while they may be relatively small vehicles, they are able to hold and transport a significant weight of materials. Many neighborhood vehicles are also very good on untraditional terrain which may not be easy for more traditional petrol/gasoline powered vehicles.


As the number of neighborhood electric vehicles continues to grow, there is no doubt that the GEM electric vehicle is still the most recognised name. As we have touched on above, it is able to operate in a variety of different arenas offering assistance where perhaps more traditional vehicles would struggle. These low speed/low emission vehicles are extremely efficient and it is not difficult to see why they are growing ever more popular.

Neighborhood Electric Vehicles Sneak Under the Radar

Neighborhood electric vehicles sneak under the radar
Neighborhood electric vehicles sneak under the radar

While much of the focus of late has been upon mainstream electric vehicles, it seems as though the popularity of Neighborhood electric vehicles continues to grow. These vehicles have a history which is far more successful than their larger electric vehicle counterparts but receive very little in the way publicity or promotion. The Global Electric Motor (GEM) brand is by far and away the best known brand in this particular sector having changed hands on numerous occasions in the past. So, why is it that NEVs continue to sneak under the radar, yet gain in popularity?

Types of Neighborhood electric vehicle

There is no doubt that the U.S. market is by far the largest NEV market in the world, with an array of different types highly visible across the country. These can take many different forms including: golf buggy style vehicles, one seater cars, commercial electric vehicles, college/business campus travel options and multi-passenger NEVs.

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Such is the demand for this particular style of vehicle that we are seeing more and more different types and this is likely to continue for many years to come. While the GEM is by far and away the most recognisable of NEV brands today, it is not the only brand available.

NEV regulations

The US authorities specifically approved the use of low-speed vehicles on the streets of the country under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard act. These are deemed to be vehicles with four wheels, weighing less than 1400 kg and with a top speed of between 20 mph and 25 mph. On the whole they are restricted to use on streets with a maximum speed limit of between 35 mph and 45 mph. However, a little research on the Internet will show that many owners have modified their vehicles to go well in excess of the 25 mph statutory limit.

It is worth noting that once a vehicle is able to exceed 25 mph, it moves into a different regulatory class and is subject to the safety requirements of passenger vehicles. This is something which you need to be fully aware of if you are planning to acquire a Neighborhood electric vehicle and modify the top speed in any way. You should also research specific state-by-state regulations as there are potentially other safety features required in different areas of the U.S.

Financial incentives

The traditional NEV can be recharged by simply plugging into a standard outlet and in the state of California they are classified as zero emission vehicles. As a consequence, it may well be worth investigating whether you could potentially apply for a purchase rebate from the authorities. This is not something which is readily promoted or advertised, unlike the financial incentives available for larger electric vehicles which appear to grab all of the headlines.

As we touched on above, the U.S. is the leading market for NEVs but they are now also readily available across the world from China to Europe and beyond. They seem to have a loyal following that the main electric vehicle market could only dream of!

San Antonio City Council Legalises NEVs for Road Use

San Antonio city council legalises NEVs for road use
San Antonio city council legalises NEVs for road use

The city council of San Antonio has this week announced plans to legalise the use of neighbourhood electric vehicles on the city's streets. This is an issue which has come before the council on numerous occasions in the past although the growing popularity of neighbourhood electric vehicles, as well as improved safety, seems to have swayed the decision of councillors this time around.

The decision will take effect immediately, and while it will lead to a significant number of NEVs hitting the streets, there are a number of regulations and rules which drivers will need to abide by.

Speed limit

While there are many neighbourhood electric vehicles which can hit 45 mph, the vast majority are unlikely to reach anywhere over 35 mph. As a consequence, the city council has determined that the NEVs will only be legal on roads where there is a 35 mph speed limit in place. The idea is that with many neighbourhood electric vehicles unable to hit the 45 mph limit, this could cause significant tailbacks and probably lead to more accidents on faster parts of the highway.

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This makes perfect sense when you take a step back from the situation and look at it in the cold light of day. The fact that neighbourhood vehicles have a journey capacity of around 30 miles before they need recharged will ensure they are not heavily used in all areas of the city.

Registration and insurance

While it goes without saying that neighbourhood electric vehicles will need to abide by the Federal motor vehicle safety standards which include: seat belts, rearview mirrors, head and tail lights, safety glass windshield, vehicle identification number and a parking brake, there are also other aspects to take into account.

Owners of neighbourhood electric vehicles driving on the public highways will need to have liability insurance in place and the vehicles will need to be registered with traditional license plates. It will be interesting to see what kind of impact this has upon public transport in and around the area and indeed whether the council bring on board a number of council operated neighbourhood vehicle facilities in time.

Cost of running a neighbourhood electric vehicle

It is estimated that the cost of running a neighbourhood electric vehicle will be but a fraction of the traditional $.10 a mile for your typical gasoline car. Indeed many experts believe it will be in the region of $.02-$.03 per mile and the fact there are no tailpipe emissions is obviously of great assistance to the environment. Even when you take into account the need for insurance, vehicle registration, etc., the running costs and the maintenance cost of a neighbourhood electric vehicle are but a fraction of their gasoline counterparts.

Whether or not the authorities eventually bringing some kind of neighbourhood electric vehicle tax to raise additional funding is an interesting question but at this moment in time the San Antonio authorities seem more concerned about the environmental aspect of NEV travel.


While the main stream electric car market has often failed to shine over the last few years, the same cannot be said of the neighbourhood electric vehicle industry. This is a sector which has gone from strength to strength, with record sales over recent years, and indeed the efficiency, journey capacity and safety aspect of life driving a neighbourhood electric vehicle has improved dramatically.

It will be interesting to see whether any other authorities around the world follow the San Antonio Council in allowing neighborhood electric vehicles more legal access to public highways.