Gogoro is going big in India

This week, the Taiwanese mobility company announced the launch of its battery-swapping system in the Indian market alongside its first locally-made scooter. The CrossOver GX250 was designed with "India-specific" features.

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Founded in Taiwan in 2011, Gogoro strives in mobility systems based mainly on two-wheelers, which is the case in India.

“We are at the cusp of a dramatic change in the global urban transportation landscape, and with its more than 250 million mopeds and motorcycles, India is well positioned to lead the shift to sustainable consumer and B2B transportation,” said Horace Luke, founder and CEO of Gogoro, when announcing the news this week.

Accordingly, the company is reportedly running an ”Ultra Mega Project” possibly exceeding $1.5 billion, including financial incentives and state support, to manufacture its e-scooters and battery swap stations in Maharashtra.

Today’s announcement shows the first fruit of the agreement, the CrossOver GX250 scooter made in India’s largest industrial state.

While based on Gogoro’s CrossOver line, the GX250 incorporates “India-specific features that pilot riders in India requested,” writes Gogoro. These include an all-terrain chassis to run on roads of varying quality. The new, more rigid frame also provides 176mm of ground clearance, the highest in the current vehicle lineup.

It also comes with extra cargo space and four flexible setups. To carry more, for example, the rear seat can be flipped up or removed to add cargo storage as needed. Gogoro also mentions more space for passengers (which may mean more than two in India).

Technologically, the CrossOver GX250 utilises the usual 2.5 kW Direct Drive, providing a top speed of 60+ kph.

So far, the new scooter and system are available to commercial customers in Delhi and Goa. Still, Gogoro plans to roll out in Mumbai and Pune in the first half of 2024, with consumer availability in the second quarter of 2024.

“There has been significant demand in India for Gogoro battery swapping, Smartscooters and technologies, and we are excited to be launching commercially with a variety of partners,” said Luke. “On average, last-mile delivery riders ride more than six times the distance as consumer riders, so enabling these delivery riders to adopt smart, sustainable electric transportation can have an accelerated impact on a city.”

Current local partners include Zypp Electric or FutureEV in India.

In Taiwan, the Gogoro Network supports nearly 600,000 riders and has more than 1.3 million batteries in circulation at 12,000 battery-swapping stations at over 2,500 locations. With more than 400,000 daily battery swaps and more than 510 million total battery swaps, Gogoro claims its battery swapping has saved more than 785,000 tons of CO2 since its launch in 2015.

The company is also looking to establish networks in China and recently completed an IPO in the United States. Gogoro is also active in the Philippines and South Korea.



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