Gogoro® Ignites Smart City Transformation with Smartscooter™ and Battery Swapping Infrastructure

published: 2015-01-06 15:38 | editor: | category: News

Gogoro, a company transforming how energy is distributed and managed in megacities, unveiled the world's first zero emissions, two-wheeled electric vehicle, the Gogoro Smartscooter™. The company also announced the Gogoro Energy Network, a battery swapping infrastructure that will enable a more efficient, cleaner and flexible energy future.

"With the world's megacities at a tipping point in population density, pollution fallout and rapid expansion, it is essential that we reimagine the energy infrastructure and create a renewed mindset for change in tomorrow's urban generation," said Horace Luke, co-founder and CEO, Gogoro. "The Smartscooter and Gogoro Energy Network will capture the hearts of the next generation and become a catalyst for more efficient, cleaner, and smarter energy choices in our cities."

The Gogoro Energy Network is a modular battery-swapping infrastructure that can be deployed across a city to provide broad consumer access to portable power through battery vending machines called GoStations. The Gogoro Battery is an engineering breakthrough with a variety of technologies including 25 sensors, near field communication (NFC) connectivity and 256-bit security encryption. It utilizes Panasonic's cylindrical 18650-size automotive-grade lithium-ion energy cells to deliver the ultimate in safety, performance, efficiency and portability. The Smartscooter is the first vehicle to be integrated into the Gogoro Energy Network, and both will begin initial rollout in 2015.

About the Gogoro Smartscooter™

From the drivetrain to the dashboard, the Smartscooter was designed and made with the same standards for supercars to offer top-level performance that is both user-friendly and accessible to the mass market. Also, Gogoro reimagined the entire ride experience and created a set of unique machinery for the next-generation electric vehicle idea.

  • The Gogoro G1 Motor– the power-packed and ultra-compact Gogoro G1 Motor ensures the entire system works smarter, stays cooler and goes further in the most efficient way possible.
  • Aeroframe™– Gogoro's Aeroframe monocoque chassis is stamped out of racing grade aluminum that makes it stiffer, stronger, lighter and more responsive.
  • Race Suspension– Thanks to Smartscooter’s suspension that is inspired by jet-fighter landing gear in the front and multi-link suspension in the back, the electric scooter can deliver a smooth and responsive ride even in dynamic conditions at speed.
  • Balance and Agility– The Smartscooter reaches perfect 50/50 balance when the rider sits and becomes an integrated extension of the Smartscooter with a tight 48.5° lean angle.

Other features: Smarter, Easier, Customizable

The Smartscooter harnesses the power of 30 onboard sensors, cloud connectivity, and an integrated Gogoro mobile application that enables the scooter to get smarter and more efficient with every ride. The Gogoro iQ System™ puts the power of a personal computer in the Smartscooter, synchronizing wirelessly across the Smartscooter, Gogoro app, Gogoro Battery, GoStation™ and Gogoro Energy Network. The app utilizes the Gogoro iQ System to find the closest GoStation, deliver detailed scooter diagnostics, adaptive throttle control, customized regenerative braking, and the ability to track ride details like the top speed and range so the rider can analyze riding patterns to optimize power and energy consumption.

Riders don't need to wait to refuel or recharge the Smartscooter. When a depleted battery needs to be swapped with a charged one, riders can make a six-second swap at any GoStation. Batteries can be reserved in advance, and a subscription-based payment model offers unlimited access to as many charged batteries as needed. Also, with Smartscooter's hyper-connectivity, if vehicle servicing is needed, the rider is immediately alerted via the Gogoro mobile app or at the GoStation when swapping batteries.

Designed from the outset to be individualized, Gogoro gives unique control to each rider to select the specific ride feel and throttle acceleration, the dashboard screen color spectrum and the lock-and-unlock audio and lighting themes. There is also a broad variety of practical and designed-oriented accessories to add enhanced functionality or customized body details.

The Gogoro Smartscooter and GoStation will be on display at the CES 2015 in Las Vegas . 

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