Swap & Go Of Gogoro: Bringing Battery Swapping To The World’s Urban Riders
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Yes! Gogoro, a technology leader in urban electric mobility and battery swapping, will be going public in 2022, to be listed on Nasdaq through merger with Poema Global Holdings Corp! This is a company not only providing the smart scooters but also a battery-swapping refueling platform for two-wheel scooters to enable a clean urban environment.
In the video published on Sep. 16, 2021, “Electric scooter startup Gogoro is going public“, below:
Some more details about Gogoro, excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
Gogoro is a Taiwanese company that developed a battery-swapping refueling platform for urban electric two-wheel scooters, mopeds and motorcycles. It also develops its own line of electric Smartscooters and offers its own vehicle innovations to vehicle maker partners like Hero, Yamaha, Aeonmotor, PGO, eReady and eMOVING.
On April 21, 2021, Gogoro announced a strategic partnership with the world’s top two-wheel vehicle maker, Hero MotoCorp, to rollout its Gogoro Network battery swapping in India. 
In December 2020, analyst firm Frost & Sullivan recognized Gogoro as the, ‘2020 Global Company of the Year Award for the Swappable Battery Electric Scooter Market.’ 
Gogoro was founded in 2011 by Horace Luke and Matt Taylor. In its year of inception, Gogoro secured $50 million in seed funding from Dr. Samuel Yin of Ruentex Group and Cher Wang. In October 2014, Gogoro raised an additional $100 million in Series B funding from a collection of investors. In November 2015, Gogoro announced a $30 million round of investment from Panasonic and Taiwan’s National Development Fund. In September 2017, Gogoro announced a $300 million Series C round of investment from Singapore’s Temasek, Generation Investment Management, co-founded by Al Gore, Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation, and French utility Engie, increasing the Smartscooter innovator’s capital up to US $480 million.
Gogoro Smartscooter, the first consumer product from Gogoro, was revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January 2015. Along with the scooter, Gogoro announced a battery-swapping network under the name Gogoro Energy Network.
One of the biggest issues with replacing gas powered vehicles with electric ones has to do with recharging. Today, it is simple and easy to fill up your gas powered car. Gas stations are convenient and ubiquitous. You pay, fill up the tank and boom you’re done. For electric vehicles, things are different. Recharging can take a significant amount of time even at the more advanced charging stations. Having it take 30 minutes is not uncommon. Recharging should at least partly replicate the gas station experience. But the task of building out an entire network on par with modern gas stations is pretty daunting. But that is something that Taiwan-based Gogoro is trying to do with their battery swap stations. In this video we are going to look at how Gogoro built out its comprehensive, super convenient 2,000-station strong battery swap network across Taiwan, in the video published on July 25, 2021, “How Gogoro in Taiwan Built an EV Battery Swap Network“, below:
Founded in 2011 by a pair of former HTC executives, Gogoro came out of stealth mode at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show where it revealed a slick electric scooter powered by two small swappable batteries.The company has spent the six years since executing on the vision it laid out during that debut: building out an expansive network of battery-swapping stations across Taiwan that make it easy for owners to quickly “recharge” their scooters, in the video published on Sep. 16, 2021, “Electric scooter startup Gogoro is going public”, below:
Aside from news flowing out of trade shows and tech expos, there hasn’t been a lot of western automotive media coverage on Gogoro. Therefore we decided to give the Gogoro Smart Scooter a proper English review, riding the scooter around the streets of Taiwan, to determine how it works as part of everyday life, in the video published on Feb. 26, 2016, “Gogoro Smart Scooter Review – Electric Scooter For Everyday Life“, below:
Horace Luke, CEO of the Taipei startup Gogoro, reimagines the scooter for the modern city from the wheels up. Video: Diana Jou Photo: Joyu Wang, in the video published on Sep. 2, 2015, “A Cleaner City Scooter“, below:
Returning to CES after winning The Verge’s Best in Show award at the 2015 convention, Gogoro is today a company with great momentum. Watch our interview with Gogoro founder and CEO Horace Luke for an update on Gogoro’s progress and its plans for 2016 and beyond, in the video published on Jan. 8, 2016, “Interview with Gogoro founder Horace Luke – CES 2016“, below:
Pawan Munjal, chief executive officer of India’s Hero MotoCorp Ltd., the world’s biggest maker of motorcycles, and Horace Luke, CEO of Gogoro Inc., a Taiwan-based electric-scooter startup backed by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, discuss the companies’ agreement to form a joint venture and build battery stations across India. Hero will adopt Gogoro’s battery-swapping technology as its bikes go electric. Munjal and Luke speak during the “India Focus” segment on “Bloomberg Markets: Asia.” in the video published on April 23, 2021, “India’s Hero Taps Taiwan’s Gogoro in Shift to Electric Motorbikes“, starting at 4:39, below:
I swapped batteries at a station that I’ve never been to before. No problem. it works the same way every time, and it’s more convenient than going to a filling station with a piston-engine vehicle. I completely love gogoro, the bike, and all they stand for. Amazing engineering, and good work! In the video published on Dec. 31, 2018, “Here’s what a gogoro battery swap is like“, below:
To read Gogoro’s press releases in Dec. 2020 & 2021, below:
- Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Gogoro with the 2020 Global Company of the Year Award for the Swappable Battery Electric Scooter Market
- Gogoro Introduces VIVA MIX Smartscooter to Meet the Growing Demand for Mass-market Electric Transportation
- Hero MotoCorp and Gogoro Announce Strategic Partnership to Accelerate the Shift to Electric Transportation in India
- Gogoro Announces Partnership With DCJ and Yadea to Build Battery Swapping Network in China
- Foxconn and Gogoro Announce Strategic Partnership to Accelerate the Expansion of Gogoro’s Battery Swapping System and Smartscooters
- Gogoro Announces 400,000 Monthly Battery Swapping Subscribers; Surpasses 200 Million Battery Swaps
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