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Gogoro obtains orders, shares battery system

WIDE-REACHING:Gogoro said it has built a network of more than 1,000 battery swapping stations around Taiwan, giving it more outlets than gas stations

By Lisa Wang  /  Staff reporter

Gogoro Inc chief executive officer Horace Luke, center, presents Gogoro 2 Utility electric scooters in the colors of Chunghwa Post Co and DHL at a news event in Taipei yesterday. Chunghwa Post and DHL plan to replace their gasoline-powered scooters with electric ones.

Photo: CNA

Electric scooter start-up Gogoro Inc (睿能創意) yesterday said it is adding two more partners to its electric vehicle camp after securing orders from Japan’s Yamaha Motor Co to build new electric models and to share its battery swap system.

The move suggests that Gogoro is gaining an upper hand in the tussle against Kwang Yang Motor Co (光陽工業) to dominate the burgeoning electric vehicle and energy solution markets in Taiwan.

Since its inception three years ago, the Taoyuan-headquartered Gogoro has asserted that its smart battery swap system is a superior and more feasible energy solution for electric scooters than Kwang Yang’s battery charging system.

Kwang Yang is promoting its battery charging system, called the Ionex system, for the shift from gasoline-powered models to electric two-wheelers in June. The company also offers recharged batteries at pick-up points through a network that it built.

Gogoro has “not one partner, two partners, but three partners now, forming the biggest alliance in electric mobility around the world,” Gogoro founder and chief executive officer Horace Luke (陸學森) told a media briefing in Taipei yesterday.

Based on their plan with Gogoro, gasoline-powered scooter makers Aeon Motor Co (宏佳騰) and Motive Power Industry Co (摩特動力) — which sells motorcycles under the PGO brand — are to roll out their first electric models next summer and in the second half of next year respectively.

Riders of Aeon and PGO electric scooters would have access to the nationwide battery swap network built by Gogoro.

The number of GoStations is to reach 1,000 by the end of this year, making the network greater than that of gasoline stations in Taiwan, Gogoro said.

In just three years, Gogoro has seen 20 million battery swaps, or one battery swap per second, the company said.

About 240,000 smart batteries are circulating over the network, making it the world’s biggest battery swap network, according to Gogoro statistics.

Gogoro yesterday announced that it has tapped into enterprise business circles with new partner DHL, the global logistic company. Gogoro is to help build an electric scooter fleet in Taiwan for the package delivery company.

DHL aims to replace 70 percent of its vehicles with electric models by 2025 to reduce carbon emissions, the company said.

Gogoro also announced, ending months of speculation, that it would participate in a series of bids conducted by state-own Chunghwa Post Co (中華郵政), which seeks to retire its gasoline-powered scooters.

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