Gogoro Inc (睿能創意) yesterday said 200 cities from 50 nations have applied to install mini Gogoro chargers in homes and retail stores, the latest effort by the electric scooter maker to increase sales.
Gogoro launched the Gogoro OPEN Initiative at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, encouraging homeowners and businesses to install the new charger.
“We want as many people as possible to have access to the smartscooter electric vehicle revolution, so we created the Gogoro OPEN Initiative,” Gogoro cofounder and chief executive officer Horace Luke (陸學森) said.
“The Gogoro OPEN Initiative gives power to the people, broadens our addressable market and speeds our commercialization beyond our core geographic focus of megacities,” he said.
The device is about the size of a footstool.
The program is aimed at increasing the number of places where smartscooter riders can get charged batteries.
Gogoro said that the program would create a more scalable and readily available energy solution for customers outside the planned megacity rollout.
The company also provides an app for users to check their battery levels on smartphones or smartwatches.
Currently smartsctooter riders can only get recharged batteries at swap stations in Taipei, Taoyuan and Hsinchu, where the company operates stores. The electric scooter maker has built 105 swap stations and plans to add 21 at MRT stations in the capital.
Gogoro has sold about 4,000 electric scooters nationally and it plans to extend its market to Amsterdam in the summer.
The company plans to use the geographic enrollment data collected via the Gogoro OPEN portal to select new markets and deploy smartscooters in cities showing the most interest.
The company said it is to launch its first smartscooters in Europe this summer, with plans to enter the US market shortly afterward.
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