Taiwan’s Gogoro has a brand new scooter popping out that’s smaller and extra adaptable than the rest within the firm’s rising secure. It’s known as “Viva,” and will probably be accessible for $1,800 in Taiwan in October, and “some global markets” beginning in 2020.
At 80 kilograms (176 kilos), the Viva is the smallest and most nimble scooter that Gogoro’s created thus far. It’s meant to be a metropolis commuter, one thing that may change a 50-100cc fuel scooter that’s usually used for brief journeys. As such, it has a spread of simply 85 kilometers (simply shy of 53 miles).
But like all of Gogoro’s different scooters, the Viva is powered by swappable batteries. So any time a person is working out of juice they’ll cease at one of many firm’s 1,400 battery swap stations scattered all through Taiwan. The distinction is that the Viva will use only one battery, whereas Gogoro’s different scooters use two. (That’s probably because of the truth that Gogoro has been switching over to new batteries that use the identical kind of Panasonic cells discovered within the Tesla Model 3.)
The Viva scooter may also be “completely customizable,” Gogoro CEO Horace Luke tells The Verge, with “over 100 accessories that you can bolt on.” Despite its small measurement, the Viva additionally has 21 liters (below one cubic foot) of storage.
“You can make it a utility vehicle if you want, you can make it a more stylish vehicle if you want, you can make it a more naked vehicle if you want, or you can put on a whole bunch of bags and carrying gear,” he says.
Luke additionally says he expects the Viva to be much less intimidating than Gogoro’s different scooters, that are bigger and quicker. “It’s less like a motorcycle, and more like something where you can say: ‘I need to go half a mile, or two or three miles, from point A to point B, and I can jump on this and I don’t have any stress doing it,’” he says.
Gogoro debuted its first scooter all the best way again on the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, however the firm has since launched a number of iterations on the design. The most up-to-date, the Gogoro 3, can last for 105 miles on two full batteries. (That mannequin runs for about $2,500.)
Along the best way, the corporate has devoured up market share in Taiwan, whereas slowly testing out markets outdoors its residence nation. Gogoro has trialed trip leases in Japan, extra simple shared rental providers in France and Germany, and lately supplied scooters to delivery services in Korea. In complete, Luke says, greater than 1 billion kilometers (621 million miles) have been pushed on the corporate’s scooters.
The firm has additionally partnered up with some incumbent scooter producers like Yamaha to assist speed up a broader switchover to electric, and positions its battery swap stations as a manner to assist power-hungry cities deal with peak vitality demand. The Viva scooter helps full a product line that Luke says must be very enticing to cities that need to change how individuals get round in a sustainable manner.
“Everybody wants micromobility in their city, but micromobility that is steady, that is licensed, that is kind of governed,” he says. “We’re going to try and spread this as big as possible over the next 24 months.”