Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Mayor's Plug-In Limousine; the Brunswick Executive's Car Saves Energy; OK, It Has No Doors, but It Can Go 25 MPH

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Mayor's Plug-In Limousine; the Brunswick Executive's Car Saves Energy; OK, It Has No Doors, but It Can Go 25 MPH

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Byline: TERRY DICKSON

BRUNSWICK - The weather can't get warm soon enough for Mayor Bryan Thompson.

For the next two months, Thompson will be driving a car that has no doors. The owners of Red Bug Motors on Jekyll Island handed Thompson the key to a GEMe4 electric car that he'll use to tool around the city for two months.

The four-seater has a 7-horsepower electric motor under its smallish hood that will take Thompson about 30 miles between charges. It costs 38 cents at current rates to charge the car's six, 12-volt batteries, said Richard Van Iderstyne, a co-owner of Red Bug Motors, which rents electric cars on Jekyll Island. Thompson said the car should fit his needs.

"I'm pretty much confined to the city limit most days,'' he said.

It didn't take Thompson long to figure out he was unlikely to get any speeding tickets, because the top speed is about 25 mph.

As the motor was in its full, low whine, Thompson looked down at the speedometer and said, "Hey, look. …

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