Say hello to Gogoro, the new electric scooter on the block that everyone’s talking about.
The Taiwan based energy startup Gogoro will launch its flagship product this week – the Gogoro Smartscooter. Started in 2011, the company aims at reshaping the way people use, consume and experience energy.
The Gogoro Smartscooter is unlike any electric scooter you’ve seen before. Able to go from zero to 31 mph in just over four seconds, the vehicle can hit top speeds of about 60 mph, and has a range of upto 37 miles.
Gogoro is also changing the way electric vehicles are fueled. If your Smartscooter runs out of charge, you don’t have to get back home for a charge or find a charging point and wait till your battery shows full again.
Instead, modular battery stations called GoStations situated throughout the city allow the rider to quickly swap out a new battery and continue riding. The scooter runs on 9 kg batteries stored in a compartment under the seat. Gogoro gives a battery service subscription to its owners that allows unlimited battery swapping within a given city.
According to Gogoro CEO Horace Luke,“The whole idea is no longer to charge. Look at what the double A battery did to the consumer electronic industry, this is what we’re trying to do.”
If you thought that was cool, Gogoro also comes with a phone app that gives you information like nearby battery stations, battery levels, parking locations and energy use. The app also lets you customize parts of the scooter, like the color of the dashboard lights.
The Smarscooter is priced at around $4,000 for the regular model and $4,380 for the Gogoro Plus, which is a series of new models of the vehicle that come in yellow, blue, orange and silver. An unlimited battery swap subscription is available for just $28 per month.
Gogoro hasn’t announced any dates when it might launch it in other cities but the Smartscooter does offer us a glimpse into what urban transport of the future may look like.