Gogoro brings Smartscooter™ EVs to new markets, beyond megacities, with introduction of the Gogoro OPEN Initiative

Gogoro also unveiled the Gogoro® GoChargerTM, a battery charger for home and retail locations that together with the Gogoro® OPEN Initiative, enables Gogoro to expand and scale more quickly in different types of cities

Jan 05, 2016, 09:00 ET from Gogoro

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- (Consumer Electronics Show) -- Gogoro, a technology company transforming how energy is distributed and managed in cities, today announced the introduction of the Gogoro GoChargerTM and Gogoro OPEN Initiative, creating a more scalable and readily available solution for customers outside of Gogoro's planned megacity rollout.

"Gogoro's 2015 success has created an outpouring of support and interest from people all over the world. We want as many people as possible to have access to the Smartscooter EV revolution, so we created the Gogoro OPEN Initiative," said Horace Luke, co-founder and CEO, Gogoro. "The Gogoro OPEN Initiative gives power to the people, broadens our addressable market and speeds our commercialization beyond our core geographic focus of megacities."

Gogoro OPEN Initiative
The Gogoro OPEN (Gogoro Owner Proposed Energy Network) Initiative allows consumers and businesses to express their interest in Gogoro and nominate themselves, their businesses and/or local communities to be part of Gogoro expansion markets. Gogoro will use the geographic enrollment data collected via the Gogoro OPEN portal to select new markets and will then deploy to cities with the most interest. Customers in selected Gogoro OPEN cities will be able to purchase the Gogoro SmartscooterTM EV and have access to GoStation® battery swapping stations, as well as public and private GoCharger TM stations.  

The Gogoro Open portal can be accessed at www.gogoro.com/OPEN. Gogoro will begin its first Gogoro OPEN city deployments in Europe this summer with plans to launch in the US shortly after. 

Gogoro GoChargerTM
The new Gogoro GoChargerTM can be used at home or retail locations and can charge a pair of batteries simultaneously. When batteries are placed in the Gogoro GoChargerTM it connects wirelessly and can send charging notifications to the owner.  Gogoro also utilizes the connectivity to manage charge levels, charge rates and the overall health of the Gogoro battery. The Gogoro GoChargerTM has two models, a speed charger and an overnight charger. The Gogoro GoChargerTM will be available beginning this summer. For businesses interested in joining the Gogoro OPEN Initiative, a Gogoro GoChargerTM will be installed for no charge as long as it is made available to Gogoro customers.

Gogoro SmartscooterTM EV Gets Smarter
Gogoro also introduced smartphone keyless operation of the SmartscooterTM EV so customers no longer need to use a key fob but can now use their iOS/Android phone or Apple Watch to lock and unlock their Gogoro SmartscooterTM EV and perform other SmartscooterTM EV actions. Smartphone keyless operation is expected to be available as a standard feature on all new Gogoro SmartscooterTM EVs and as a free upgrade for all previously purchased SmartscooterTM EVs.

Consumer Electronics Show 2016
The Gogoro SmartscooterTM EV and GoStation® will be on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 5-9, 2016, at select locations, including:

  • Pepcom Digital Experience! (Jan. 5; The Mirage)
  • Panasonic booth, Green Mobility area (Jan. 6-9; LVCC, Central Hall, Booth #9808)

Gogoro Smartscooter EV
Gogoro introduced the Gogoro Smartscooter™ EV and the Gogoro Energy Network at the Consumer Electronics Show in early 2015 and launched in Taipei Taiwan in August 2015. The Gogoro Smartscooter™ EV is the world's first high-performance, smart electric two-wheel vehicle with swappable batteries. The integrated Gogoro Energy Network is an advanced battery-swapping infrastructure for cities.

Key Gogoro Facts

  • More than 4,000 Gogoro Smartscooter™ EVs sold
  • More than 3 million kilometers ridden by customers
  • 125+ GoStation® battery swapping stations deployed
  • More than 2,000 battery swaps per day
  • 135,000 liters of gasoline saved plus 261,000 kilograms less CO2 emitted

About Gogoro
Founded in 2011, Gogoro is enabling the transformation of megacities into smart cities by leveraging the power of connectivity and technology to reinvent how we experience energy in major cities around the world. In January 2015, Gogoro introduced the Gogoro Smartscooter™ EV, the world's first high-performance, battery swappable, smart electric vehicle together with the Gogoro Energy Network, an advanced battery-swapping infrastructure for cities. Gogoro is working toward a better future by putting power in the hands of everyone – to move us all forward, faster. For more information, go to: www.gogoro.com/press.

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