Gogoro Starts Electric Scooter Deliveries
Gogoro figured out that the way to solve the range and recharging problem with just about any electric vehicles is to swap batteries when they deplete. It's a concept that been around for more than 100 years and periodically is resurrected, the most recent being Tesla and prior to them, Better Place.
But the technology to automate the exchange of heavy, bulky electric car batteries is complex and costly, so it has never really caught on. But what if the battery is small and relatively light enough so the average person can easily remove and replace them? That's the premise underlying Gogoro's business model: sell its stylish electric scooter and rent its batteries through strategically-placed charging kiosks.
The company announced that its now begun delivery of the first 400 scooters and has set up 65 exchange kiosks, developed in collaboration with Panasonic, around Taipei, Taiwan. The scooter is reported to a range up to 60 miles per charge on its twin lithium battery modules. Acceleration is 0 to 50 km/h (31 mph) in 4.2 seconds. Pricing on the scooter starts at $4,100US, up to $5,100US.
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