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Meridian Homes of Georgia, Inc., based in Loganville, is taking home tours to a new level. At a local neighborhood, agents use a recently purchased Global Electric Motorcar (GEM) to transport buyers around the community.

Manufactured by Daimler Chrysler Corporation, the GEM is being used in the Grayson Manor neighborhood, one of Meridian”s larger swim-tennis communities. The builder purchased the electric vehicle because it is environmentally friendly and a sensible way to take prospective homebuyers on a tour of the neighborhood.

The GEM runs on electricity, using a rechargeable battery. The vehicle can be fully recharged in only eight hours using a household 110-volt A/C connection. Best of all, it”s quiet and emits no harmful emissions. Introduced in 1998, more than 7,000 GEM vehicles have been produced to date.

“We have had a lot of positive response about using the GEM in the few weeks since it arrived,” stated Ashton Adams, one of two on-site agents at Grayson Manor. “Everyone is curious about the vehicle and asks questions about it. Even the current residents in the neighborhood have taken an interest in it.”

The GEM seats four, reaches a top speed of 25 m.p.h. and meets all federal safety regulations. Its standard features include seatbelts, front wheel drive, a safety glass windshield with wiper, sunroof, rearview mirror and dual exterior mirrors, rack and pinion steering and headlights and taillights. Standing as tall as a mini-van, the GEM is the first multipurpose Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) engineered for both street and turf.

A spokesperson for Meridian Homes of Georgia, Inc. said the metro-Atlanta home builder is considering the future purchase of additional GEM vehicles for some of its other new home communities.

Meridian Homes develops and builds neighborhoods from the low $100s in Gwinnett, Walton, Barrow, Rockdale and Newton counties. The Loganville-based company has steadily expanded since its start in 1995, becoming one of Atlanta”s largest home builders. For the last four consecutive years, the company has been named to Atlanta”s Top 25 Home Builders list, published annually by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Meridian Homes has also started appearing on Professional Builder”s annual Top 300 List, which compiles top-producing builders from around the country.

For directions or more information on Grayson Manor, call or visit on-site agents Ashton Adams and Ginny Gilbert. The community is open daily until 6 p.m. and can be reached at 770-466-4115. Information about Meridian Homes of Georgia, Inc. and its numerous new home communities can be found online at www.meridianhomesonline.com. To learn more about GEM vehicles, visit www.gemcar.com.