March 31, 2005
Contac: Mark Huerkamp
MUW Police Department has new GEM on its hands
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Mississippi University for Women’s
Police Department has added a new member to its force.
The egg-shaped device many have observed MUW Chief of
Police Calvin Sellers traversing campus is called a
Global Electric Motorcar or GEM for short.
“It’s so easy to run around campus in,” said Sellers,
who noted the GEM allows him and his team to navigate
the campus quickly, quietly and efficiently.
According to Sellers, the $10,000 vehicle was made
possible through a grant, which is being used to
supplement and upgrade campus security.
The GEM is a street-legal legitimate mode of
transportation, which has a horn, turn signals, head and
brake lights, mirrors and seat belts. It is also
equipped with the option of a lockable trunk and a
Electrically powered with a top speed of around 25 miles
an hour, the GEM is composed of metal and plastic, with
Plexiglas side windows and a glass windshield that
arches its way to the roof, giving occupants excellent
Riding in the cart is somewhat cramped, but there is
room for two people. A four passenger is available,
however, not necessary for the welcoming MUW security
“Environmentally you can’t go wrong. No emissions, no
petroleum or gasoline needed, you just plug her up,”
Sellers said. “I wish we had two or three of them. They
are easier to maintain than a gasoline car. It’s rough
on a car, a lot of stop and go, never running over 25
miles an hour, and it really gets rough on them, but
that is what this is made for.”