Kwang Yang Motor Co (光陽工業), the nation’s largest supplier of gasoline-powered scooters, yesterday unveiled its Ionex line of electric scooters and battery charging solutions for local riders, challenging electric-scooter start-up Gogoro Inc (睿能創意).
Kwang Yang said its electric scooters would be available for purchase in August.
The company aims to sell 60,000 electric scooters in Taiwan next year to grab half of the market share, Kwang Yang chairman Allen Ko (柯勝峰) told a media briefing in Taipei.
Photo: Yang Ya-min, Taipei Times
As part of its plan to introduce 10 electric models within three years, Kwang Yang showcased two versions of its New Many 110 EV scooters, with price tags of NT$42,800 (US$1,433) and NT$47,800.
“With the world’s first two Ionex [line of] scooters launched today, consumers can embrace electric scooters without compromise,” Ko said.
The company plans to launch a more affordable model called Nice 100 EV in October with a starting price of NT$29,800, targeting female riders, Kwang Yang said.
The company said it plans to offer various charging options to compete with its local rival, Gogoro, which built the world’s first battery-swapping network for its electric scooters.
Since 2015, about 60,000 Gogoro owners have swapped a total of 10 million batteries, Gogoro data showed.
Gogoro, the nation’s biggest electric-scooter supplier, last year sold more than 34,000 electric scooters, accounting for about 80 percent of the local market, industry statistics showed.
Ionex owners would be able to recharge their batteries at home-charging stations or swap them for fully charged batteries at a battery-swapping station, Kwang Yang said.
Customers would not have to buy batteries, as the company would offer battery-leasing services to people who want to charge their batteries at home or at charging stations on a contract basis, it said.
Riders would be required to pay a monthly fee of NT$299 for 1,000km, the company added.
Kwang Yang plans to deploy 1,500 Ionex fast-charging stations nationwide by August and build 2,000 Ionex energy stations featuring multiple charging bays next year, Ko said, adding that the firm also plans to build 30,000 charging points by 2020 for riders to share charging ports.
The firm plans to export its charging solutions to 20 nations over next three years.
Kwang Yang said it also plans to launch regular and heavy-duty electric scooters over the coming years.
NO VIRUS BLUES: A SEMI Taiwan official said that the virus does not slow down the global semiconductor industry’s investment in manufacturing equipment The production value of the nation’s semiconductor industry is expected to grow 16.7 percent this year from last year, outpacing the global industry’s 3.3 percent growth, industry association SEMI said yesterday. That would help Taiwan safeguard its second spot in the global semiconductor market with a production value of more than NT$3 trillion (US$102.73 billion), SEMI Taiwan president Terry Tsao (曹世綸) told a media briefing in Taipei for the Semicon Taiwan trade show beginning today. The global semiconductor industry’s production value is expected to increase to US$426 billion this year, SEMI said. In terms of semiconductor equipment investment, equipment billings from Taiwanese firms
Intel Corp has received licenses from US authorities to continue supplying certain products to Huawei Technologies Co (華為), a company spokesman said yesterday. Washington has been pushing governments around to world to squeeze out Huawei, saying that the telecom giant would hand data to Beijing for espionage. From Monday last week, new curbs have barred US companies from supplying or servicing Huawei. This week, the state-backed China Securities Journal reported that Intel had received permission to supply Huawei. China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC, 中芯國際), which uses US-origin equipment to make chips for Huawei and other companies, last week confirmed that it had sought
NOTABLE SHIFT: By 2030, 50% of all laptops would be assembled in Southeast Asia, while Taiwan would still mostly focus on research and development, a report said Global laptop and desktop computer supply chains are expected to shift significantly away from China in the next 10 years, a Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC, 產業情報研究所) report said. By 2030, only 40 percent of global laptop production would remain in China, said the report, which was released on Thursday. “The reshuffling of the global supply chain will be one of the most important trends in the next 10 years,” the institute said in the report. “In the long run, key component makers will follow laptop assemblers in moving out of China.” The Taipei-based institute predicted most key component makers
Swancor Renewable Energy Co (上緯新能源) yesterday announced plans for a 4.4 gigawatt (GW) offshore wind project off Miaoli County as part of its commitment toward Taiwan’s energy transformation, the company said in a statement. The “Formosa 4” project includes three deep-water wind farms 18km to 20km off the coast, Swancor Renewable CEO Lucas Lin (林雍堯) said, adding that planning for the project began last year. A proposal for Formosa 4 was this week submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the company said. Swancor Renewable jointly developed the Formosa 1 project, a 128 megawatt (MW) wind farm about 4km off Miaoli and the