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Burns Industrial Equipment is an authorized GEM dealership serving Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia

For 25 years, GEM electric vehicles have been leading the low-speed EV revolution. Safe, sustainable, stylish, and cost-efficient, GEMs are made to fit your lifestyle and move your organization into the future. Whether that means driving your kids to school safely and in style, delivering a microtransit solution for urban cities looking to cut costs & emissions or building a quiet maintenance vehicle fleet to keep your properties looking pristine, GEM will get you there and provide an unforgettable ride along the way.

What is a Low-Speed Vehicle?

A low-speed vehicle (LSV) is a street-legal, four-wheeled vehicle with a top speed of 25 mph and a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 3,000 lbs. Most U.S. states allow LSVs to drive on roads marked 35 mph or less. Low-speed vehicles are typically electric and must adhere to federal performance and safety standards.

What are the Federal Requirements for Low-Speed Vehicles?

Low-speed vehicles must adhere to the performance and safety standards set by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic and Safety Association) which states that LSVs must not exceed 25 mph (40 km/h) and must be equipped with:

  • Headlamps (headlights)
  • Front and rear turn signal lights
  • Tail lights
  • Brake lights (stop lamps)
  • Red reflex reflectors
  • Appropriate mirrors—an exterior mirror on the driver’s side and an exterior mirror on the passenger’s side or an interior mirror
  • A parking brake
  • A conforming windshield
  • Type 1 or 2 seat belt assembly
  • An alert sound (horn)
  • A VIN (vehicle identification number)

Where Can You Drive Low-Speed Vehicles?

With a maximum speed of 25 mph, LSVs are street-legal and can generally be driven on any U.S. roadway posted 35 mph or slower.

Their compact footprint takes up less space on crowded roadways and curbs and does not exceed 3,000 lbs. Spacious passenger cabs with two-, four- or six-seat models make them a practical alternative to traditional automobiles.

On congested, high-traffic streets, LSVs can travel across town just as quickly as a standard vehicle. Nearly 50% of all vehicle trips are less than 3 miles, and that percentage is even higher within cities.

With everything they offer, LSVs balance the trade-offs of alternative transportation. They are ideal for city and community environments because they are accessible, flexible and efficient. But most importantly, their low speeds make them safer—for vulnerable road users and pedestrians alike.

Why Buy GEM Low-Speed Vehicles?

Street-legal GEM cars offer benefits beyond convenience. Purchase one of these vehicles from Burns Industrial Equipment to enjoy benefits like:


GEM vehicles stand out in the following settings:

  • College & Universities
  • Government & Municipalities
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Manufacturing & Warehousing
  • Industrial Parks
  • Airports
  • Urban Mobility
  • And More!

Use these to make your daily tasks more efficient, whether you’re in anything from groundskeeping to facility management.

Eco-Friendly Transportation

With GEM, you have a transportation solution that transcends green initiatives. Zero tailpipe emissions and battery-powered operation mean you lower your carbon footprint. Take quick commutes while lessening your environmental impact compared to the same drive in a gas-powered car.

Low-Cost Operations

Let the absence of fuel costs and the low-maintenance design of the GEM speak volumes. These cost-effective vehicles are great for individuals and organizations alike.


Low-speed vehicles are safer for drivers and pedestrians. Navigate urban environments or your organization’s grounds confidently. By using these electric vehicles, you’re lessening congestion and traffic on the roadways, too.

Purchase GEM Low-Speed Vehicles From Burns Industrial Equipment

Take a step toward a greener, safer and more efficient fleet. With Burns Industrial Equipment’s GEM lineup, drive the change you wish to see. As cities evolve, so should our transportation solutions. Trust Burns Industrial Equipment for highly skilled and experienced expertise. Along with GEM cars, our solutions include:

Every GEM vehicle, whether for colleges, urban mobility or recreational centers, echoes Burns Industrial Equipment’s goal of excellence. Shop our lineup of GEM vehicles, or contact us for more information.