Gogoro reappears with his exchangeable batteries of electric scooters

The Taiwanese manufacturer has just entered into an important partnership with the large manufacturer Foxconn. This could allow it to more effectively implement its electric scooters and battery charging solutions all over the world. The project is followed very closely in the world of electric two-wheelers.

In the world of electric two-wheelers, Gogoro is an essential name, while it is paradoxically absent from a large number of Western countries. The Taiwanese company is particularly known for making small urban electric scooters – if you live in a major French city, you may have seen them for a while go under the COUP brand, which offered a self-service electric scooter service. like the Cityscoots.

It has also specialized in the creation of removable battery charging stations for scooters, which could well be an inventive solution to the autonomy concerns experienced by electric vehicles.

The problem is that Gogoro is only present on a massive scale in Taiwan – the state where the brand was created – and it has been difficult, for years, to see it emerge elsewhere. It is for this reason that the partnership announced on June 23, 2021 with Foxconn is very important.

« Together, the two companies will be able to accelerate the expansion of Gogoro by applying the exceptional manufacturing capacities of Foxconn (…) in the service of the technologies of batterie swapping of Gogoro and his smart scooters Can we read in their joint press release.

A close-up Gogoro charging station // Source: Gogoro

Battery exchange stations: the future of electric scooters?

Foxconn is a Taiwanese industrial group that manufactures many electronic devices: it works for the biggest brands (Apple, Microsoft, Sony, etc.), in particular because the working conditions in its factories are drastic and allow it to cut prices.

Gogoro, for his part, manufactures both electric scooters (including a new one presented last year), but also bicycles (surprisingly absent from this June announcement). Its great strength, however, is to develop a large network of terminals that can accommodate dozens of removable batteries of electric scooters. The operation is very simple: instead of taking the battery out of your machine to charge it at home on an AC outlet, you go to a terminal like Gogoro’s, you put the empty battery in a box, and you take some a new one, full.

The owners of electric vehicles know that autonomy is a crucial issue in the management of driving and journeys: there is nothing worse than to fear the breakdown, because the machine would not have enough energy. to continue driving. So that the stations of batteries swapping (exchanging batteries) are useful, there must be plenty, so that stranded drivers never worry about not succeeding in reaching one. It is for this reason that there are over 2,000 in Taiwan.

Station de recharge Gogoro // Source : Electrek / Gogoro

However, setting up kiosks like Gogoro’s requires a lot of time, money and skills. This is why the arrival of Foxconn makes a lot of sense. ” Foxconn and Gogoro will collaborate on many projects, including smart batteries, vehicle design and manufacturing. By integrating Foxconn’s great capabilities in manufacturing, quality and internationalization, Gogoro will be able to focus on its own product design, research and development, branding, extended product distribution and customer service. », Continues the press release.

In France, the ZEWAY startup recently launched into this market, becoming the first to set foot in this project which could have a lot of future, if customers follow suit. Numerama had tested the electric scooter rental service with charging stations in Paris, and we were surprisingly surprised by the efficiency of the system: in a few seconds, it is possible to exchange an empty battery for a full one. If it reaches maturity, the system therefore has definite potential in the “green” city of tomorrow.

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