DaimlerChrysler to Help Create GEM Village in CA

November 11, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), a DaimlerChrysler AG (Auburn Hills, MI) company, and Tuttle-Click Dodge (Irvine, CA) have formed a partnership with Rancho Mission Viejo to create a premier village designed for zero-emission electric cars. Rancho Mission Viejo is the largest family-owned cattle ranch in California and the second-largest, family-owned, land-holding company in Orange County.

According to the partnership, a fleet and dealer discount of up to $1,000 off the listed price on every new GEM vehicle purchased at Tuttle-Click Dodge will be awarded to all homebuyers within the 1,260-home Terramor village, the nation's largest green-oriented village of production-style homes. Terramor will open November 15, 2003, at the 4,000-acre Orange County community of Ladera Ranch, master planned and developed by Rancho Mission Viejo.

Homes at Terramor will feature garages with conveniently located electric vehicle recharging outlets. Designed around a single, circular, arterial street and a network of connecting trails, Terramor encourages both neighborhood "walkability" and the use of alternative fuel vehicles.