Gogoro – Being Mobile While Making a Difference in Zero Emissions Day

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Gogoro – Being Mobile While Making a Difference in Zero Emissions Day

Gogoro is a Taiwanese electrical scooter and energy company that has attracted a lot of attention and customers the last couple years. It develops and sells electric scooters and has its own battery swapping infrastructure. In this year’s Zero Emission Day which takes place on September 21, 2017 people that want to take part in the observance, while still being mobile can consider using the Gogoro Smartscooter.

It starts at NT$38,000 ($1,295 USD) after subsidy, which is about half the price of the first- series Gogoro Smartscooter. The Gogoro 2 comes in six colors – white, grey, orange, blue, yellow, and red. It is equipped with a more efficient 6.4-kilowatt motor that can go from 0-50 km/hr. in 4.3 seconds. Due to safety considerations, it has a top speed of 90 km/hr., and a 110-km. range. It’s still powered by two Panasonic lithium-ion batteries which the company says can be swapped in 6 seconds, and swapping service is available 24 hours. The Gogoro 2 and Gogoro 2 Plus promise smoother torque and better control due to its larger 14-inch front and 13-inch rear wheels.

Gogoro has also updated its scooter’s mobile app which has improved security through fingerprint or pin. Some other new features include a full-color LED panel between the handlebars, and brighter LED headlamps. The seat is much bigger compared to the first-series Gogoro, so it can easily sit two people and has more storage space.

Gogoro is continuing to expand its battery swapping energy network known as GoStation in Taiwan to offer more than 500 locations by the end of the year. It has electrical scooters available for rentals in Berlin through cooperation with Coup, a subsidiary of Germany’s largest automotive machinery company, Bosch. In May 2017, together with Coup, Gogoro expanded the electric scooter service to Paris.

Electric motorcycles are being subsidized by the Taiwan government in an effort to make Taiwan into a “model green country” and a leading manufacturer of new energy vehicles. In 2016, electric scooters accounted for 2.5% of all scooters sold. For 2017, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs forecasts sales of 40,000 electric scooters. The subsidy varies depending on the municipality.