The Gogoro in Taiwan has a new scooter that is smaller and more flexible than anything in the growing stable of the company. It becomes & # 39; Viva & # 39; and it will be available in October for $ 1,800 in Taiwan and & # 39; a number of world markets & # 39; from 2020.
With 80 kilograms (176 pounds), the Viva is the smallest and most manoeuvrable scooter that Gogoro has made to date. It is intended as a city commuter, something that can replace a 50-100cc gas scooter that is often used for short journeys. As such, it has a range of just 85 kilometers (just shy of 53 miles).
But like all other Gogoro scooters, the Viva is powered by removable batteries. So when a user is running out of juice, he can stop at one of the company's 1400 battery change stations across Taiwan. The difference is that the Viva uses only one battery, while the other Gogoro scooters use two. (This is probably due to the fact that Gogoro switched to new batteries that use the same type of Panasonic cells as in the Tesla Model 3.)
The Viva scooter will also be "fully customizable," says Gogoro CEO Horace Luke The edge, with "more than 100 accessories that you can screw in." Despite its small size, the Viva also has 21 liters (less than a cubic foot) of storage.
"You can make it a utility vehicle if you want, you can make it a more stylish car if you want, you can make it a more nude vehicle if you want, or you can put on a whole bunch of bags and carry bags," he says.
Luke also says he expects the Viva to be less intimidating than the other Gogoro scooters, which are larger and faster. “It's less like a motorcycle, and more like something you can say: & # 39; I have to go half a mile, or two or three miles, from point A to point B, and I can jump on this and I have no any stress it does & # 39; & # 39 ;, he says.
Gogoro debuted his first scooter all the way back at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, but the company has since released several iterations about the design. The most recent, the Gogoro 3, is possible last 105 miles on two full batteries. (That model runs for around $ 2,500.)
Along the way, the company has swallowed up market share in Taiwan, while slowly testing markets outside of its home country. Gogoro has tried trial holidays in Japan, easier shared rental services in France and Germany and has recently supplied scooters to delivery services in Korea. In total, Luke says, more than 1 billion kilometers (621 million miles) were driven on the company's scooters.
The company has also partnered with some established scooter manufacturers such as Yamaha to help accelerate a wider switch to electrical, and positions its battery change stations as a way to help cities that need a lot of power to handle peak energy demand. The Viva scooter helps to complete a product line that, according to Luke, should be very attractive for cities that want to change the way people deal in a sustainable way.
"Everyone wants micromobility in their city, but micromobility that is stable, that has a permit, that is sort of governed," he says. "We will try to spread this as large as possible in the coming 24 months."