The Gogoro scooter with the battery swapping eco-system hits the market, but only in China.
Gogoro unveiled the world's first high-performance, zero emissions, two-wheeled electric vehicle, the Gogoro Smartscooter at the CES 2015 earlier this year. The company also announced the Gogoro Energy Network, a battery swapping infrastructure that will enable a more efficient, cleaner and flexible energy future.
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"With the world's megacities at a tipping point in population density, pollution fallout and rapid expansion, it is essential that we reimagine the energy infrastructure and create a renewed mindset for change in tomorrow's urban generation," said Horace Luke, co-founder and CEO, Gogoro. "The Smartscooter and Gogoro Energy Network will capture the hearts of the next generation and become a catalyst for more efficient, cleaner, and smarter energy choices in our cities."
The Gogoro Energy Network is a modular battery-swapping infrastructure that can be deployed across a city to provide broad consumer access to portable power through battery vending machines called GoStations. The Gogoro Battery is an engineering breakthrough with a variety of technologies including 25 sensors, near field communication (NFC) connectivity and 256-bit security encryption. It utilizes Panasonic's industry-leading cylindrical 18650-size automotive-grade lithium-ion energy cells to deliver the ultimate in safety, performance, efficiency and portability.
Now the Gogoro is on sale starting in Taiwan where the company has been piloting the electric scooter. In a press-conference yesterday the company announced that the scooter will cost about $4,140. This is more than a regular scooter, but it is clean and after two years the Gogoro scooter is supposed to be even more cos effective than a gas powered one.
When Gogoro will expand outside Taiwan is unclear yet. Given the smog problem in mega cities in China the company should start there. They need though bring the cost down of the scooter or convince the Chinese government to shell out big subsidies.
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The Gogoro scooter can be pre-ordered now on the Gogoro site.