Find Out Why You Won’t Be Able to Plug In This New Electric Scooter

Gogoro wants customers of their new Smartscooter to head to “GoStations” to get a fresh set of batteries. But will riders buy into this unorthodox system?
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Gogoro wants customers of their new Smartscooter to head to “GoStations” to get a fresh set of batteries. But will riders buy into this unorthodox system?

Clean energy took center stage at CES 2015 with Gogoro’s electric Smartscooter. But in an interesting twist, you don’t recharge this scooter by plugging it into a socket. Instead, riders will head to what Gogoro calls a “GoStation” to get a fresh set of batteries. 

The scooter lives up to its namesake by incorporating a smart mode that can do things like dim the lights to save energy. And it syncs up to an app that can set up your energy efficiency or change the color of the lights on the dashboard.

Photo courtesy of Gogoro

Photo courtesy of Gogoro

The smart features sound great, but we know what you’re about to ask, because we asked ourselves the exact same thing. You mean you really can’t plug this scooter in? That’s absolutely correct. Gogoro is standing firm with their battery-swapping plan. 

Some sites like The Verge say they’re “deeply skeptical” Still, Gogoro explains on their site that a single pair of their batteries (developed with Panasonic) can take you up to 62 miles, which they seem to think should provide you with enough juice until your next visit to the GoStation for new batteries. It’s clear that Gogoro has a bigger goal in mind than just simply releasing one nifty electric scooter.

Photo courtesy of Gogoro

Photo courtesy of Gogoro

“Gogoro is more than a startup. This is the start of an industry," Horace Luke, Gogoro’s co-founder and CEO, said in a press release. “Our products and business model will impact a variety of consumer areas to create a metropolitan ecosystem with better connectivity, easier access to energy, and a more enjoyable urban living experience.”

It should be interesting to see how the Smartscooter’s ecosystem pans out after it rolls out on the market this year.

Learn more about Gogoro Smartscooter at their website and by watching the video below.

Top photo courtesy of Gogoro