Gogoro launched last year at CES when it announced a futuristic connected scooter with swappable electric batteries and plans for a network of charging stations across various cities. Like Tesla but for scooters. 12 months later it’s available in one place, Taipei, but the company has a new plan that could help it expand quickly to the cities and towns where it sees the most interest.
Through a newly announced OPEN Initiative the company is asking potential customers around the world to sign up online if they’re interested in buying a scooter or running a public charging station. Gogoro says it will eventually bring the smart scooter to any region with enough interest, though it’s still targeting major cities with Amsterdam next on the list.
The company also unveiled a new personal charging station capable of powering two batteries at a time. That’s enough to run your own scooter or set up a small public charging station.
The scooter itself is pretty awesome with an aluminum frame, shock suspension ands speeds of up to 60mph. Gogoro says it’s already sold 4,000 units and set up over 125 battery swapping stations. That adds up to more than 3 million kilometers ridden, representing 135,000 liters of saved gasoline that otherwise would have been burned for transportation.