The smartphone-connected scooter we told you about earlier this year, called the Gogoro, is finally shipping to consumers, potentially kicking off a new phase in mainstream convenience and usability for electric vehicles.
Initial shipments of the smart scooter will begin reaching preorder buyers on Saturday, which means the Gogoro could be on the streets of Taipei, Taiwan (the first market it’s available in) as you’re reading this.
In addition to finally getting the smart scooter on the streets, the company has also added what it calls Gogoro Plus, a series of new models of the vehicle that come in yellow, blue, orange and silver.
Able to go from zero to 31 mph in just over four seconds, the vehicle can hit tops speeds of about 60 mph, and has a range of roughly 37 miles. And when the Gogoro runs out of juice, instead of forcing users to return home to charge it back up, modular battery stations (called “GoStations”) are situated throughout the city, allowing the rider to quickly swap out a new battery and continue riding.
Priced at around $4,000 for the regular model, and $4,380 for the Gogoro Plus, an unlimited battery swap subscription is available for just $28 per month.
The battery swapping, which takes just six seconds, uses NFC technology to recognize when a particular rider arrives. Once a rider’s account is recognized, a new battery is unlocked, allowing the rider to lift the Gogoro’s seat and quickly swap out the depleted battery.
In one amateur video (above) of an early Gogoro test ride in Taiwan posted on YouTube a few weeks ago, the vehicle definitely looks and sounds like something from the future.
The vehicle’s associated smartphone app (iOS and Android) gives the rider the ability to check for nearby battery stations, view driving statistics, personalize the dashboard colors and sound effects and run diagnostics.
Although the company hasn’t announced specific dates for possible new launch cities for the Gogoro, the vehicle offers an early look at how affordable electric vehicle systems may work many cities in the near future.