The Gogoro Smartscooter is hailed for its ambitious, potentially revolutionary vision for fast battery swaps and independence from the dreaded long recharge time for EVs and its attendant maze of re-charging issues. The company has been nicknamed the “Tesla of Scooters” for its innovation.

Horace Luke, co-founder, and CEO at Gogoro (Photo: chinapost.com.tw)

Electric vehicles including the scooters continue to develop as technological advancements extend the range and performance of these machines. However, the time needed for a full recharge remains a big challenge in their widespread adoption. Gogoro is addressing this with the Gogoro Energy Network – a modular battery-swapping infrastructure for electric vehicles like the Smartscooter that can be deployed across a city to provide portable power. Riders would be able to swap out depleted batteries at a network of kiosks called GoStations for a subscription fee.

Technology Highlights

  • The Gogoro Smartscooters are an impressive range of all-electric bikes. They are powered by a removable battery that gives a range of about 60 miles per charge. The Smartscooter boasts impressive all-around performance e.g. its digital throttle in sport mode is really quick – taking riders from zero to 50 kilometers per hour in 4.2 seconds.
  • Gogoro isn’t just selling scooters, it’s selling a swappable battery service. The Smartscooter is the first vehicle to be integrated into the Gogoro Energy Network.  This network of distributed batteries have the potential to help balance load on the power network itself – e.g. a network of GoStations could draw energy when it’s produced and store it until it’s needed, feeding power back into the grid during high-demand periods or assisting when a blackout would otherwise occur. The company is even considering letting other companies adopt the Gogoro battery as a standard for use in rival scooters.

The Gogoro App (Photo: Gogoro)
  • Between the handlebars, there is a digital dashboard that colorfully displays the rider’s stats. In a seamless IOT Integration – the Smartscooter harnesses the power of onboard sensors, cloud connectivity, and an integrated mobile application that enables the scooter to get smarter and more efficient with every ride. You can pair the electric vehicle with your smartphone so that you can control certain features.

The company is expanding to other countries targeting the cities – Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, etc. and also exploring other business models, some similar to the car-sharing service. With technology improvements year-on-year, the tide is turning toward electric vehicles in general. Many businesses are keying into this trend to develop the next generation of EVs including smart scooters (see some list below).

Ather Energy is an Indian company based in Bangalore, India. It was founded by two IIT Madras graduates Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain. The company is a hardware startup, that is designs and manufactures electric smart connected scooters – called the S340. On February 23, 2016, the company unveiled their product to the public at a technology conference called Surge in Bangalore India.

 


About Gogoro

  • Gogoro is a Taiwanese-based company that develops and sells electric scooters and battery swapping infrastructure.
  • It was founded in 2011 by technology veterans Horace Luke and Matt Taylor, Gogoro received US$50 million funding from Taiwanese entrepreneur Samuel Yin and HTC Corp. Chairwoman Cher Wang. In October 2014, Gogoro raised another US$100 million in Series B funding from a number of investors.
  • Gogoro Smartscooter was revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January 2015. Along with the scooter, Gogoro announced a battery-swapping network under the name Gogoro Energy Network.

 



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