Gogoro, the Taiwanese electrical automobile firm, revealed its latest automobile at present, a light-weight scooter designed for individuals who need one thing smaller than one of many firm’s Smartscooter mopeds, however extra highly effective than an electrical bike. Known as the Viva, the scooter can run for 85 kilometers on one in all Gogoro’s swappable batteries, that are charged on the similar stations as its Smartscooters.
Horace Luke, co-founder and CEO of Gogoro, tells TechCruch that the Viva was created as an environmentally-friendly different to 50cc to 100cc gasoline scooters. Will probably be out there beginning in October, launching first in Taiwan subsequent yr earlier than being launched in some worldwide markets.
Produced from recyclable scratch-proof solid-core polypropylene and out there in 5 coloration mixtures, the Viva weighs 80 kilograms and has as much as 21 liters of storage. It’s going to retail at USD $1,800, with about 100 non-obligatory equipment out there, together with baskets and racks.
As in lots of different Asian cities, mopeds are standard in Taiwan and function the first automobile for a lot of drivers, transporting a number of passengers and deliveries. Luke says Gogoro’s scooters now account for 95% of the nation’s electrical automobile market share and about 17% of all new automobiles offered in Taiwan, together with gasoline ones.
Viva was created to draw prospects who don’t need to take care of the prices, together with upkeep visits and parking, of proudly owning an even bigger moped.
“The Viva is aimed toward the population going no more than 5 kilometers a day, who don’t want to worry about scratches, cost of ownership, having to take it to the shop for maintenance or parking,” he provides. “We have 17% market share and now the question is how do you get to 25% or 35% market share?”
Like Gogoro’s mopeds, the Viva can also be linked to the corporate’s iQ system, which lets customers unlock their automobiles and monitor mileage and upkeep with a smartphone app. With Taiwanese authorities subsidies for electrical automobiles, it’ll value NTD $25,980 (about USD $837), making it aggressive with the pricing of high-end electrical bikes. Gogoro can even provide two years of free upkeep for Vivas offered in Taiwan.
Gogoro has now offered greater than 200,000 Smartscooters and is current in worldwide markets together with the European Union (by a partnership with scooter-sharing service Coup), South Korea, the place it not too long ago launched electrical scooters designed for supply drivers, and Japan. It additionally runs a mobility platform designed to be a white-label answer for ride-sharing firms.