Would you like a scooter that unlocks using your Apple Watch, zips from 0-50 km/h in 4.2 seconds and can be customised using an app?
Gogoro, a Taiwan-based startup, developed the Smartscooter which does all of this and more. The Smartscooter is, in fact, the world’s first high-performance, zero emissions two-wheeled electric vehicle. And it is powered by rechargeable batteries!
The Smartscooter has a very appealing, modern design. The scooter is made of an Aeroframe aluminium chassis and is waterproof (IPX7), which means it can ride in puddles and 30 cm of water. The front faceplate can also be changed and customised. The scooter is also really fun to ride - as an electric vehicle, the motor delivers torque in a jiffy, accelerating the vehicle from 0-50 km/h in 4.2 seconds (other scooters do the same in upwards of 5 seconds). The top speed of the Smartscooter is 95 km/h.
The most unique features of the Smartscooter are it’s customisability and connectivity. To begin with, the touchpad-like Gogoro iQ System 'Smart Key’ connects using Bluetooth and powers on the scooter with a tap. The key also has an NFC chip to communicate with ‘GoStations’. In addition to this, Gogoro’s mobile apps and Apple Watch app can be used to power on the scooter, open the boot, and even alter the colours and gradients of the digital dash of the scooter. Everything from the sounds that the scooter makes while turning on to the pattern of blinking lights can be altered using the app.
The Smartscooter is built for megacities, where large charging stations are difficult to build and low energy consumption is a growing need. It relies on Gogoro’s urban energy initiative called Gogoro Energy Network, which is a battery swapping infrastructure. At GoStations, a rider can replace the two large (Panasonic made, Gogoro designed) batteries in under 60 seconds. Riders can also pay a monthly fee for unlimited battery swaps. The two fully-charged batteries power the scooter for about 100 km.
Gogoro’s mobile app is also home to a large number of statistics that your Smartscooter has recorded using multiple sensors. With this data, the Smartscooter is able to customise it’s driving pattern to devise maximise efficiency of each acceleration and braking. This data is also synced with Gogoro’s cloud server that will suggest instant diagnostics in case it is required.
With all this technology and customisability, the Smartscooter is exactly how any modern scooter should be. Gogoro’s vision of turning megacities into smart cities with a modular ecosystem has made the Smartscooter a success in countries like Taiwan. Gogoro recently announced that they sold their 10,000th scooter. Gogoro is also partnering with Coup to launch a scooter sharing service in Berlin.
So what’s your take on this scooter? Let me know in the comments below.
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