Gogoro revs up Smartscooter expansion with $300 million in new funding

September 19, 2017 by  
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Get ready Gogoro fans—the firm’s innovative electric scooters could soon be coming to a city near you. The Smartscooter maker just nabbed $300 million in new funding with an impressive list of international backers. Four new high-profile partners joining their current investors include Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management, Singapore-based Temasek, Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation, and French energy giant ENGIE. A sign of growing global support in electric vehicles, this successful round of funding will go towards Gogoro’s technology development and expansion. Launched in Taiwan in 2015, Gogoro Smartscooter quickly rose to fame and was followed by expansions in Berlin and Paris in the form of electric scooter sharing programs . The major innovation lies with how the electric vehicle is powered—instead of plugging the scooter in for charging, Smartscooter owners swap out batteries at charging stations installed throughout the city. Often described as the “Tesla of electric scooters,” the innovative Smartscooter boasts over 100 million kilometers ridden by customers, including those on their new and improved Smartscooter 2. Related: Gogoro launches Smartscooter 2 with better handling, brighter headlights, and extra storage “One of the greatest challenges of our time is transitioning our cities to a smarter and more sustainable energy and transportation infrastructure,” said Horace Luke, co- founder and CEO of Gogoro. “Gogoro provides a new approach for cities to embrace sustainable energy through a smart connected infrastructure and battery swapping system that has demonstrated success across Taiwan and Berlin. New investments from leaders like Temasek and Generation combined with investments from visionary corporations like ENGIE and Sumitomo Corporation are a strong validation of Gogoro’s business and market success.” “This is a great sign that this sustainable technology of swappable batteries is something feasible that investors with high profiles around the world see as a viable solution,” added Luke in a conversation with Inhabitat. “It shows electric is here to stay and that it’s inevitable that electric will be the dominant player in the future.” The $300 million raised will be used for further development of technology and product, such as the use of big data collected from battery swapping to optimize the network and save energy. Gogoro also has plans to expand beyond its current three cities although they haven’t yet revealed which megacity they have their eye on next. + Gogoro

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Paris launches electric scooter sharing program with Coup and Gogoro

May 18, 2017 by  
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Getting to and fro in Paris is about to get easier than ever. Gogoro , in collaboration with Bosch subsidiary Coup , just announced plans to bring 600 Smartscooters to Paris this summer for their first electric scooting-sharing program in France. The expansion to a new European capital builds on the success of Gogoro’s e-scooter sharing program in Berlin that recently grew to 1,000 rental scooters in March. As one of the world’s most congested cities, Paris is no stranger to alternative transportation and ranks among the top scooter cities in the world. Coup and Gogoro’s Smartscooter sharing program offers a more sustainable and high-performance transit choice that’s also very stylish. “We have received a lot of positive feedback for the Coup eScooter sharing in Berlin since launching last August. The opportunity to experience a city quickly, flexibly, and without any fuss on the stylish Gogoro Smartscooters Smartscooter has proven extremely popular. The success in Berlin is motivating us to bring greater mobility to another European capital so today we are announcing our Paris launch this summer,” says Mat Schubert, CEO of COUP Mobility GmbH. “Gogoro has been supporting with features to make our innovative sharing service even better, more user friendly and we are confident Parisians will enjoy the ease of use and overall experience.” Related: Gogoro launches electric scooter sharing in Berlin – teams up with Bosch’s Coup The Coup sharing service with 600 Gogoro Smartscooters will launch this summer in select central Paris districts. Anyone of legal age with a Class B driver’s license or an international driver’s license will be able to use the service and return the electric vehicles in dedicated two-wheel parking zones within the Coup service area. Users will be charged in 30-minute increments and can locate and reserve the closest Smartscooter with the Coup app that will be available in French for iOS and Android. + Gogoro

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Smartscooter maker Gogoro launches faster, more powerful electric S model

November 8, 2016 by  
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The Gogoro S model features a new G1 S motor with an output of 7.2 kW (at 5,000 RPM) compared to just 6.4 kW from the company’s regular model. The Gogoro S is also a speedy little sportster, with the ability to accelerate from zero to 31 mph (50 km/h) in 3.7 seconds, shaving a full half-second off the previous model’s time. This powerful electric scooter could get a rider into real trouble (and fast), so Gogoro capped its max speed at 59 mph for safety’s sake. Related: Gogoro launches electric scooter sharing in Berlin; teams up with Bosch’s Coup Gogoro first made a splash in the transportation world in early 2015 when it launched early models of electric smart scooters featuring fast-swappable batteries. In an effort to further boost sales, the company installed a series of GoStations across Taiwan (240 in total) where riders can grab a fully-charged battery and leave their drained battery behind to be charged for another scooterist. In the short time since its launch, the company has achieved booming success and the future is bright. Gogoro has already sold over 15,000 Smartscooters in Taiwan and estimates its customers have racked up 18.6 million miles on the battery-swapping scooters. Gogoro estimates that 9,000 battery swaps take place each day, proving that riders are keen to take advantage of the on-the-go convenience of the company’s GoStations. So far, the company estimates its riders have saved the equivalent of nearly 400,000 gallons of gasoline and 2,700 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, thanks to the scooters’ rechargeable batteries. + Gogoro Images via Gogoro

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Worlds largest shipping container shopping mall pops up in Seoul

November 8, 2016 by  
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Located in Seoul’s Gwangjin District, Common Ground was an experimental project that sought to revitalize an unused lot in the middle of the capital. The use of prefabricated shipping containers lowered construction cost and reduced construction time to just five months. Each container is painted an eye-catching bright blue and is stacked together into three-story structures that divide the lot into two main spaces: the Market Hall and the Street Market. The stacked containers frame a central square that hosts weekend markets, exhibitions, and performances. Related: Bright and bold QUO shipping container mall springs up in Buenos Aires “Street Market draws inspiration from an alley market and keeps the texture of the container intact as much as possible,” writes Urbantainer. “Market Hall capitalises on trusses with strong architectural functions and serve as a reminder of the feeling of a market . In this part, the verticality of stacked container modules and the frames between containers are emphasised.” In keeping with its unconventional form, Common Ground hosts up-and-coming new designers, mid-sized shops, and editorial stores, rather than large mainstream brands. The 200 shipping containers house seventy stores, twenty restaurants, and a third-floor roof terrace. + Urbantainer Images via Urbantainer

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Everything in this East London home is made with natural wool

November 8, 2016 by  
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The three-story building, with interiors curated by stylist Karina Garrick, proved a stunning showcase for the renewable resource. Furnishings came from major brands as well as independent designers and makers from throughout Britain. The Wool BnB took a lighthearted approach to interior design, with fun details like a newspaper and cereal boxes made entirely of wool felt by artist Lucy Sparrow . In the living room, striking accessories like a large Merino wool wall hanging by artist and extreme knitter Jacqueline Fink popped against walls in Deep Space Blue from independent British paint manufacturer Little Greene . Above the fireplace and the sofa, hand-knotted wall pieces from British surface designer Allistair Covell’s Canvas to Carpet collection added pattern and vibrant color. Every decent BnB takes pride in its breakfast offerings, and the Wool BnB is no different. Textile artist Jessica Dance provided a “Full English Breakfast” featuring toast, eggs, sausage, mushrooms and bacon made entirely of knitted wool. A selection of knitted deli meats and beverages rounded out the meal options. In the basement, Kivo felt room divider panels by Herman Miller formed a cozy seating area. The eat-in kitchen featured molded chairs made from Solidwool , a composite material that incorporates coarse wool otherwise considered a by-product of sheep farming. In the back yard, a mini cottage on wheels, inspired by traditional shepherd’s huts, provided extra room for guests. Custom-made by Artisan Shepherds Huts in the English countryside, the cozy space featured oak floors and a wood-burning stove. Wool rugs, including a checkered design by Brintons and vibrant Liberty print carpets from Alternative Flooring , were given additional padding with wool underlays, which have the benefit of smoothing out uneven floors as well as providing effective insulation. In the master bedroom, a plush bed boasted a wool-upholstered headboard and Shetland wool mattress by Vispring , topped with a wool-filled duvet by The Wool Room and hand-knitted throws by London-based design studio Melanie Porter . Wool is both breathable and insulating, and its high water and nitrogen content also makes it naturally fire-retardant, making it an ideal material for the bedroom. Upstairs, a children’s reading room featured a graphic kilim wool rug and striking pendant lights from Janie Knitted Textiles , with shades made of strands of dip-dyed woven wool. The walk-in wardrobe featured rails of clothing from brands big and small, from traditional tweeds to knit sweaters, as well as technical performance textiles from Adidas, including sneakers that incorporate wool fibers. Unlike synthetic fibers, pure wool is biodegradable. A couple of years ago, the Campaign for Wool buried two sweaters, one made of Merino wool and one of acrylic, in the garden of Clarence House, the London residence of Prince Charles. When the sweaters were dug up months later, the wool sweater had mostly disintegrated, while the synthetic sweater stayed intact. A craft room teeming with skeins of knitting yarns, carpet yarns on large cones, lambswool fabrics and felted wool stools showcased the versatility of the renewable resource. The Campaign for Wool, jointly funded by the world’s largest wool growers from Britain, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, organizes fashion, interiors and design events promoting the benefits of wool. + Campaign for Wool All images © Charlene Lam for Inhabitat

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Gogoro unveils new home battery charger for electric scooters – sets sight on your city

January 5, 2016 by  
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Gogoro’s battery-swapping electric Smartscooters are enormously popular in Taiwan, set to launch in Amsterdam this year, and they could be coming soon to a city near you. To help spur their uptake, Gogoro just unveiled a new GoCharger at CES that lets you charge up Smartscooter batteries at your home. (Previously, users only had the option of finding a battery bank and switching out their batteries there.) This new initiative not only makes users more independent, but batteries placed in the GoCharger connect with the consumer’s smartphone. This makes it easy to track charge levels and rates, monitor battery health, and it’s also possible to receive charging notifications. Read the rest of Gogoro unveils new home battery charger for electric scooters – sets sight on your city

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Gogoro’s battery-swapping Smartscooters are coming to Europe next year

November 17, 2015 by  
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It’s been a whirlwind year for Gogoro – since launching in January the company has rolled out a battery-swapping network in Taipei, sold 3,000 electric Smartscooters , and it recently raised $130 million in additional funding. But Gogoro ‘s next move could be its biggest yet: the company just announced plans to bring its all-electric scooters and energy network to Europe next year, starting with Amsterdam. I chatted with Gogoro CEO Horace Luke about what 2016 holds for the company’s future – find out more after the break. Read the rest of Gogoro’s battery-swapping Smartscooters are coming to Europe next year

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Will the GenZe scooter disrupt your commute?

September 4, 2015 by  
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Meet the $2,999, American-made electric scooter with a snap-out battery.

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Stylish $4,140 electric Smartscooter available for pre-order June 27th

June 19, 2015 by  
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The next generation electric scooter , by Gogoro , will soon be available to consumers for the low price of $4,140. Made in Taiwan, the Smartscooter will be available for preorder on June 27 th and comes with a host of other benefits, including two years of reusable batteries, free maintenance and roadside service to get moving. Read the rest of Stylish $4,140 electric Smartscooter available for pre-order June 27th Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , electric scooter , Gogoro , green design , green transportation , Smartscooter , sustainable design , sustainable transportation , Taiwan

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Could Gogoro’s new electric Smartscooter and battery swapping infrastructure revolutionize urban transport?

January 5, 2015 by  
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Sprawling mega-cities in Asia, such as Jakarta, Beijing, Taipei, are already full of scooters as the primary mode of personal transport, and the air quality is notoriously unhealthy for these urban dwellers, mainly because the majority of the vehicles have such bad emissions standards. Clean, affordable, easy-to-charge electric scooters would go a long way towards alleviating this massive problem of air-pollution in Asian mega-cities. Read the rest of Could Gogoro’s new electric Smartscooter and battery swapping infrastructure revolutionize urban transport? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery-swapping network , electric scooter , electric vehicle , electric vehicle infrastructure , EV battery swapping network , ev charging station , Gogoro , Gogoro battery , Gogoro Energy Network , GoStation , green transportation , Horace Luke , Matt Taylor , modular battery swapping station , modular battery-swapping infrastructure , Panasonic LIthium-Ion Battery , smart battery , smart city infrastructure , Smartscooter , sustainable transportation , zero emission vehicle

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