Gogoro to launch Smartscooters and battery change stations in Israel

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Gogoro is launching its Smartscooters and battery-swapping technology in Tel Aviv this summer, with plans to expand to other Israeli cities in the future, the company said on Wednesday.

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The news followed Gogoro’s public debut. through the SPAC merger last month. At the time, founder and CEO Horace Luke told TechCrunch that the company would focus its expansion plans on densely populated Asian cities where two-wheelers are already popular. At the same time, Luke said that Gogoro will continue to grow in its home market of Taiwan, as well as new and large markets such as China, India and Indonesia.

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Similar to Gogoro’s efforts in other markets, Gogoro is partnering with local companies that have existing infrastructure and resources to make launching easier. In China it was Yadea and the Dachangjiang Grouptwo Chinese motorcycle manufacturers, and in India it was a two-wheel manufacturer Hero MotoCorp. For its expansion in Israel, Gogoro is partnering with two-wheeler distributor Metro Motor and gas and energy company Paz Group, the company said.

Gogoro partnerships in China and India include those brands that sell their own scooters equipped with Gogoro technology and components. In Israel, however, Gogoro will sell its patented Smartscooters – specifically the S2 ABS and 2 Plus, to begin with – through Metro Motor, according to a Gogoro spokesperson.

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Paz will roll out Gogoro Network GoStations at its gas stations and other suitable consumer-facing locations, Gogoro said, noting that at launch it plans to start with 10 battery change stations or GoStations, growing to 35 this year.

“We are excited to launch in Israel, one of the most innovative and technologically advanced countries in the world, to usher in a new era of urban two-wheel mobility,” Luke said in a statement. “Gogoro was created to introduce a massive sustainable energy transition in densely populated cities by creating a smart urban ecosystem that introduces a new refueling system for electric two-wheelers.”

Today, Gogoro manages more than 350,000 battery replacements a day, Luke said, noting that the company has completed more than 275 million battery replacements since 2015.


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