Gogoro “Smart” Scooter: Battery Swaps, No Recharging, Smartphone Apps


Just when we were about ready to start up a “Silly Scooter” category, along comes the Gogoro “Smart” scooter.  (Can we call it a “Smarty Scooter”?) Not without its own brand of slight silliness,  this scooter is at least as smart as our phones.

The Gogoro has been widely covered in everything from Mashable to Rideapart, but you’re going to find the most detailed information in a story on The Verge by Chris Ziegler. Ziegler reports some interesting information about the financial backing of the project:

“…Luke is joined by a number of former colleagues at HTC, including co-founder Matt Taylor. Cher Wang, HTC’s billionaire founder, counts herself among Gogoro’s investors. The company has raised a total of $150 million, which is now on the line as it tries to convince riders, cities, and anyone else who will listen that it can pull this all off.”

The focus on the Smartphone and app facets of this product start to become clear.  The emphasis of the better part of the Gogoro website is on the apps and smartphone support, with precious little (other than some knee-slider shots of guys going way too fast on a scooter for the camera). You can see a pretty succinct rundown of those features on this video from Slashgear:

Here’s some eye-candy for you:

Drivetrain angle

Drivetrain angle

Smartphone-customizable dash

Smartphone-customizable dash

Battery modules

Battery modules

The Gogoro "family" -- scooter, battery swap station and batteries

The Gogoro “family” — scooter, battery swap station and batteries

Here are some of the specs – you can find the complete specs on the site, here.

Throttle ControlRide-by-wire Electric Throttle with Saferide™ Redundancy
Reverse ControlRide-by-wire Reverse Throttle
Drive ModeNormal Mode / Super Boost Mode
Battery ConnectorOrientation-Agnostic Connector
MotorG1 Motor – Liquid Cooled Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor
Motor ControllerLiquid Cooled MOSFET Controller
Cooling SystemLiquid Cooled System with Monocoque Chassis Integrated Air Channel
Transmission BeltGates Poly Chain® GT® Carbon™ Belt w/Stretch-free Tensile Cords
Gear BoxIntegrated Single Speed Planet Gears
Max. Power Output6,400 W @ 3,250 rpm
Max. Horsepower8.58 hp @ 3,250 rpm
Max. Torque25 Nm @ 0-2,250 rpm
Acceleration (0~50 km/h)*4.2 sec
Max. Speed95 km/h (60 mph)
Max L Lean Angle45°
Max R Lean Angle48.5°
Hill Climb Ability*30% (17°): 30 km/h (19 mph)
20% (11°): 40 km/h (25 mph)
10% (6°): 60 km/h (37 mph)
Range Per Battery Swap (40km/h)*Above 100 km (60 miles)
Length x Width x Height1,730 mm x 690 mm x 1,215 mm (68.11″ x 27.17″ x 47.83″)
Wheel Base1,230 mm (48.42 inch)
Gross Weight with 2 batteries112 kg (247 lbs)
Gross Weight94 kg (207 lbs)
Trunk Size24.5 L (0.85 cubic feet)

Don’t miss out on the important details there. 60 mph top speed with a 60 mile range?  Well alrighty then, but to be perfectly honest, we’ll believe it when we see it.  But a liquid-cooled AC motor and controller?  Right?

Kentfa Advanced Technology scooter battery-swap station

Kentfa Advanced Technology scooter battery-swap station

Now, something somewhere sounds vaguely familiar about all this.  Wait.  Was it almost a year ago, also from Taiwan?  Why yes, yes it was:

“On display at the Taiwan International Electric Vehicle Show last week, the new system developed by Kentfa Advanced Technology Corporation is available for use for buyers of the firm’s Isuda City Cruiser electric scooters. However the system could work just as well with e-cycles and even small electric cars.

Owners of Isuda scooters in the city of Kaohsiung can pay a membership fee to join the scheme,  which gives them access to exchange points established at 30 of the city’s subway stations.

Users simply insert a members’ card, which also gives them access to the city’s public transport system, into the exchange station, key in their membership number and open one of 15 drawers to take out a charged battery and replace it with the exhausted one from their scooter.”

The relationship between the Gogoro and the Isuda?  Inquiring minds want to know.  Here’s the Isuda video from April:

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5 Comments on "Gogoro “Smart” Scooter: Battery Swaps, No Recharging, Smartphone Apps"

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Toyota will offer the Hydrogen version for 2016…..:)

I like the looks of this scooter and the phone apps. What I would love to know most about their business model is do they plan to make their profit from selling you the scooter OR swapping the battery OR both.
Each scenario works different for different people. I for one rather pay for the vehicle in that I tend to keep them for a longer period. I like harvesting or offsetting my own energy.
Either way in my best Sam Kinison “I’m keepin my eye on you Gogoro”

It’s all about milking them money…

Needs better sound designers… Horrible audio cues for this thing. 😛

I’d pay a little more to have my own charging station under my desk at work. Chances are, my commute wouldn’t be near the battery depots.