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What if you could get around some of the world's most massive, ridiculously dense urban jungle silently?
Quickly without dealing with car traffic and without building smog everywhere.
That's the green of Gogoro, a company founded by a pair of formal executives from smartphone maker HTC.
It's not a small dream.
The start-up has been in stealth mode for over three years now
operating on a hundred and fifty million dollars in funding from Taiwanese billionaires, Samuel Yin and Cher Wang.
In fact, they were still on high alert when we went to see the operation last year.
What do you do with that kind of money?
Well, it starts with the scooter.
An all new scooter that doesn't really look like any other scooter on the market.
It runs on electric power alone, capable of going 62 miles on a charge and up to 60 miles an hour.
Then you give it all sorts of weird, cool features like smartphone integration, configurable sound effects,
LED head and tail lights, and a completely digital dashboard with customizable backlight.
Scooters aren't particularly common in the U.S.
But they're everywhere in the ultradense mega cities of Asia,
which is clearly where Gogoro is helping you do much with its business.
A couple years back, we were traveling around cities around the world,
One thing that was pretty obvious to us was
the growing need that these mega cities would have for energy, better energy consumption and distribution.
Many of the scooters in that market today are old, dirty and loud.
relative another age
The so called "Smartscooters" are none of those things.
What we wanted to do here was bring the rate of evolution that we've all enjoyed for the consumer market
Bring that to the scooter market, and hopefully we've achieved that.
But Gogoro's secret sauce really isn't about the Smartscooter at all.
It's about the network around it.
You see. You don't just have 60 miles of range on it and plug it in at home or the office where you're gonna have to be.
You swap batteries as needed,
pointing the two milkjug-sized cells out from under the seat and plugging them into the Gogoro Battery Stations, strategically placed throughout the city.
Two charged batteries eject automatically, which you can put back in your scooter and shove off.
It starts with just a scooter but the potential is far bigger.
At HTC,
A lot of people thought, you know, I went there to build smartphones.
You know, my fundamental goal was to go there and put the Internet in people's pocket.
And this smartphone happens to be a great vehicle to do that.
Gogoro, you know I think the fundamental thing is we want to change how people use energy.
And the Smartscooter is only the beginning and how we believe that that would revolutionize how cities consume and experience energy.
What we wanted to do here was bring the rate of evolution we've all enjoyed for the consumer market
Bring that to the scooter market and hopefully we've achieved that.
The cloud is actually very interested in the statistics how the user rides
not the particulars of where the user rides
But once it can gather those statistics, there is a whole bunch of trade-offs that we can make in real time for the user to improve their riding experience.
Roughly thinking about it, anywhere we're needing power today, substantial amount of power,
that can be met in the future by applying 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, even 8 of these. However many you might want.
And you can solve a variety of power issue, anything from construction sites to, you know, microgeneration, servers, all of that stuff can be addressed by the batteries.
Imagine what the AA battery did for the consumer electronic industry way back when.
We think Gogoro batteries and our smart batteries would enable a wide industry of unimaginable innovation to happen.
in the very very near future.
Clearly, it's an ambitious plan.
Gogoro, a fresh face startup, has to find a way to deploy potentially hundreds of battery stations in each city as it launches smartscooter in.
Then it needs to convince scooter owners to buy it by the thousands.
That's not cheap and that's not easy.
The company hasn't yet said a word for when its first launch will be.
But it will be making announcement later this year.
But if it can find a way to pull this off,
Gogoro could be the most innovative thing that happen to all electric transportations since Tesla.
And it could be deploying it on a much larger scale.
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Gogoro's electric scooter of the future — CES 2015

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Wendy published on May 9, 2015    Wendy translated    Blair reviewed
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