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Creating an Urban Network for Electric Scooters
Through the Gogoro Energy Network, the company has created a suite of electric scooter services, helping to improve urban air quality. The Energy Network consists of three key components: Smartscooters, Gogoro’s electric scooter, which utilizes swappable batteries; GoStations, battery-swapping vending machines located all over Taipei, where users can quickly exchange spent batteries for fresh ones; and GoChargers, the company’s new at-home battery charging stations. To promote shared-use of GoChargers, the company offers them for free to businesses, such as restaurants or cafes, that make them publicly available for at least 12 hours daily.
Since launching in the summer of 2015, more than 700 Gogoro customers have ridden more than 8 million km, and the Gogoro Energy Network has installed more than 175 GoStations with 7,000 batteries being swapped daily. In some areas of Taipei, GoStations even outnumber gas stations. The company aims to expand to the European market later in 2016.
RELEVANCE OF SOLUTION
Rapid urbanization and use of private automobiles is exacerbating air pollution in cities around the world. By making electric personal vehicles easily accessible, Gogoro helps to reduce this environmental and health burden.
TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE:
According to the company, Gogoro owners have collectively saved 400,000 liters of gasoline and reduced CO2 emissions by 767 tons.
Urban air pollution kills up to 1.2 million people every year. Electric vehicles can help alleviate this problem.
In OECD countries alone, air pollution is estimated to cost society $1.7 trillion annually.2 By introducing electric vehicles to a broad audience, Gogoro reduces these costs.