Global Challenge, Global Solutions: The Gogoro Smartscooter

The Go­goro En­ergy Net­work en­ables Go­goro Smarts­cooter own­ers to ac­cess port­able en­ergy through bat­tery vend­ing ma­chines and at-home char­gers.

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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.

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.


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.

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