Taiwanese company, Gogoro, founded by the former innovation technologists of HTC, has unleashed a new smart electric scooter. It runs at most 60 miles on single charge, featuring an innovative battery swapping option, which means upon discharge of the currently running battery, the rider can replace it with a new battery within few seconds from a nearby battery swapping station.
smart scooter in Taiwan
There are two major hindrances to the demand of this pollution free vehicle( electric scooters):
First is the much higher cost than traditional gas running scooters. Gogoro’s bike cost $4100 u.s as compared to the $2600 average price of it’s traditional counterpart. The company is of view that the citizens are awared enough of the negative impacts of green house gases on environment and thus, hopes it would be a driving factor for the demand of electric scooters.
Second is the ultimate dependence of the bikes on the manufacturer’s made batteries, which is yet another constraint for consumer attraction. To mitigate potential effects of it’s de-merits, the company has offered to give 2 years maintenance service for its electric scooter free of charge + 2 years unlimited battery replacements for free. Theft insurance would also be covered for a year in the vehicles’ price.
Gogoro’s founder Horace luke unveiled his electric scooter in a Taiwan’s consumer electronics show few months back and presented how his scooter runs on 30 sensors , virtually connecting it to nearby battery station through a smart phone app and indicating the driver for the appropriate time to change power supply. According to the owner, their electric scooter would show to the world, how a green and efficient technology would reduce pollution in Taiwan, a nation of around 23 million, which is heavily dependent on bikes usage for their daily living, with an average of around one bike per person.
The future of the company, funded with $150 million backing of the investors, depends on how effective would the company be in expanding it’s network of power supply stations throughout the world’s developed cities. Right now , it has installed the network in Taipei only as a test case for it’s future course of action.