Gogoro Network, a battery charging outfit under the electric-motorcycle maker Gogoro, has officially unveiled its third-generation battery swap station, GoStation 3.0, on Sept. 19. The battery swap station features a higher number of batteries for swap in a smaller space.
The establishment of the new battery swapping unit will boost the total number of Gogoro’s battery stations to over 1,500 by the end of 2019. This is up from the current number of 1,400, which is already the highest worldwide. So far, over 50 million numbers of battery swaps–more than 130,000 daily–have been carried out at the Gogoro Network stations. The battery swapping stations have already contributed to a reduction of CO2 emissions by an accumulated amount of over 80 million kilos, which is equivalent to the CO2 absorption amount of 8 million trees annually.
The GoStation 3.0 is specifically designed to cope with the growing numbers of Gogoro motorcycles in Taiwan, whose licensed number has already surpassed 200,000 in August.
Its battery is said to feature 50% more capacity than those at GoStation 2.0, and has a more compact size which enables the new-generation stations to accommodate more batteries within a smaller space. In the case of a power outage, the battery swapping station can continue to operate with its own power supply for up to 64 hours. It is also capable of two-way charging and discharging, rapid charging, and connecting with a micro-grid.
The new GoStation 3.0 comes on the heels of the previously announced Super GoStation from April, which is capable of accommodating over 100 batteries. By the end of this year, a number of extra Super GoStations will be established in six of Taiwan’s major cities under the direct jurisdiction of the central government.
In August, Gogoro Network officially announced that it would be offering a new-generation smart battery at its stations which feature a total capacity of 1,740 Wh. The new battery was launched in April and has been equipped in new Gogoro motorcycles.
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