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GEM - for a Greener Belize

Posted By: Marty

GEM - for a Greener Belize - 11/15/10 02:48 PM

Bravo Motors' staff was on the island this past week to promote their new stock of GEM (Global Electric Motorcars) vehicles. The eco-friendly vehicles are low-maintenance, with an Aluminium chassis, while remaining functional and stylish.
Passersby applauded the efforts of Bravo Motors with the GEM vehicles.

The San Pedro Sun staff was invited to take a spin with the vehicle around the island. We must say, it was a super quiet and smooth ride. The seat belts were also a great touch for safety.

Bravo Motors is located in Belize City at 4 1/2 miles Western Highway. Call them at telephone 222-4990 or email them at [email protected] or visit their website at www.bravomotors.bz
Posted By: ScubaLdy

Re: GEM - for a Greener Belize - 11/15/10 05:54 PM

So what's the price tag?
Posted By: Judyann H.

Re: GEM - for a Greener Belize - 11/15/10 06:12 PM

How do they handle the speed bumps?...Like the wide ones near Island Market...And the dirt roads....Can they take all the uneven grading...??? It would be great if we could get a smoother ride.....
Posted By: SnoopysMom

Re: GEM - for a Greener Belize - 11/16/10 04:10 AM

RU kidding? At least the speed bumps help keep the crazy taxicabs from killing young children or animals - good grief slow down already!!!!
Posted By: ScubaLdy

Re: GEM - for a Greener Belize - 11/16/10 04:52 AM

Snoopys Mom
You need to clean out your private message box. I was wondering who your message was intended for?
Posted By: SnoopysMom

Re: GEM - for a Greener Belize - 11/16/10 09:10 AM

My point is that we need the speed bumps at the very least to keep the ever increasing cars (especially the taxicabs) on the island from speeding.
Posted By: P.J.

Re: GEM - for a Greener Belize - 11/16/10 01:38 PM

Originally Posted by ScubaLdy
So what's the price tag?


$50,000. Their sales rep came in the cafe and I sat and talked with her for a while as she waited for her boat.

I know that a Polaris Ranger 4 seater is about the same price and rides just as smooth, its definitely not as quiet, but Im not sure which is less harmful to the environment. Yes, its not electric, but that doesnt mean its not "greener". If I have understood my conversations with others correctly, most of our electricity comes from Mexico. Thus, you would have to figure out the carbon footprint or just the overall negative effects that are created by the factory that produces the electricity that you're using to re-charge your GEM or electric cart. Plus the costs of electricity is outrageous here, so that needs to be figured in as well. Although, if you're buying a $50k Hover-round, then I guess your electric bill is probably not a big deal.

The next year model is going to be equipped with a solar panel roof that will recharge the batteries while running or parked though....so now we're getting somewhere. I would have to say that those will be undoubtedly greener than almost any motorized vehicle on this island.

Very cool looking cars though and a MUCH smoother ride than any golf cart on this island. I think everything here should be electric...the amount of carbon monoxide that we all inhale in a day of walking around town is probably sickening...literally.
Posted By: JZB

Re: GEM - for a Greener Belize - 11/16/10 02:03 PM

PJ, you can seriously be suggesting that Polaris is just as enviornmentaly friendly as an electric cart??
Posted By: P.J.

Re: GEM - for a Greener Belize - 11/16/10 03:11 PM

Haha....yup. Polaris....saving the earth one noisy vehicle at a time. smile

Not suggesting that at all. Im just saying that the versatility for the price is something to be considered. And youd be surprised how UN-green electric items can be when you consider where the electricity is made and how much damage is done per KWH that is produced by the production facilities. My wife has taught environmental science for a good while now and the statistics are staggering. Thats why I said that the solar panels will truly make it something to be considered and a viable option both in regards to it being greener and a cost saver (since electricity is ungodly expensive here).
Posted By: Judyann H.

Re: GEM - for a Greener Belize - 11/16/10 05:34 PM

Gosh...Forgive me SnoopysMom......I did not mean for anyone to think I am Anti-speed bump......Sorry about that....
Posted By: SnoopysMom

Re: GEM - for a Greener Belize - 11/16/10 08:18 PM

Sorry Judyann - I was just a bit reactive after witnessing a couple of crazy cab driver's behavior this past Friday evening. I tried to follow one guy after he literally ran a gold cart (while passing) off the road just south of wings to see if he actually had a fare. I seriously doubt it- they just speed around to go nowhere - honking and tail gaiting like bullies. Their reckless behavior sometimes scares me to death.....
Posted By: Johnny18

Re: GEM - for a Greener Belize - 11/16/10 10:05 PM

Nissan is delivering their LEAF to the market in 2011....we had one here at work for some to drive and it was pretty amazing. It was designed from the ground up as a totally electric vehicle so it handles quite well. It's about the size of their Sentra, if you're familiar with them. The crusing range is about 100 miles at normal highway speeds. I don't know for sure, but don't see why their chargers couldn't be adapted to be run partially, if not totally, from green energy. Heck, even the interior is made from recycled plastic bottles. It's going to be made in Smyrna Tennessee. Understanding that the import duties into Belize would be a consideration, but the cost is below what you are talking about here, and it's a full-fledged, highway capable, air-conditioned vehicle. From all I have seen, other than the Tesla....at about $85,000.00 USD and up.....it's the only practical replacement at this time for gasoline vehicles...........
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