Taiwanese electric scooter maker Gogoro is delaying its expansion plans in China due to geopolitical and economic uncertainty and putting more focus on India and Indonesia, its Chief Financial Officer said in an interview.
In India, Gogoro has announced a strategic B2B initiative and partnership with the EV-as-a-Service platform Zypp Electric. The two companies have teamed up to electrify logistics fleets and last-mile deliveries using Gogoro’s battery-swapping stations.
The Taiwanese electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro will soon bring its battery exchange network to Israel. For this purpose, Gogoro is cooperating with the two-wheeler dealer Metro Motor and the energy company Paz Group.
Gogoro has completed its IPO in the US. The Taiwanese electric scooter and battery exchange provider completed its merger with the special purpose vehicle Poema Global and is now listed on Nasdaq under the ticker symbols ‘GGR’ and ‘GGROW’.
Electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro has unveiled a prototype lithium ceramic solid-state battery for two-wheel battery swapping. The prototype, jointly developed by Gogoro and solid-state battery specialist ProLogium Technology, integrates with Gogoro’s existing vehicles and battery swap network.
Foxconn has reached an agreement with the Indonesian Ministry of Investment, the electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro and other partners to create an ecosystem around e-mobility in Indonesia. However, the system is to encompass much more than the exchangeable batteries for Gogoro scooters.
Yamaha is expanding its portfolio of Gogoro-powered vehicles with the new EMF electric scooter. The Yamaha EMF joins the existing EC-05 that launched in 2019. Utilising Gogoro’s battery swapping platform, the EMF will launch on the market in Taiwan in March.
In Taiwan, there will soon be more battery exchange stations than petrol stations. Electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro built a total of 2,215 of its battery exchange stations in Taiwan by the end of 2021.
E-scooter and battery swapping company Gogoro and belt-drive specialist Gates have co-developed a two-wheel electric drivetrain called Flo Drive. The system based on Gates Carbon Drive will be exclusively available to vehicle makers in Gogoro’s extensive network.
The Taiwanese e-scooter manufacturer Gogoro is now in the process of bringing its battery exchange network to China and has created its own brand called Huan Huan with moped scooter manufacturers Yadea and DCJ.
Taiwanese electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro and Poema Global Holdings, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, have announced a definitive agreement resulting in Gogoro becoming a publicly listed company. The proceeds should propel expansion in India, China and Southeast Asia.
Apple supplier Foxconn and scooter maker Gogoro today announced an MoU to speed up the expansion of Gogoro’s battery swapping system. Gogoro will use Foxconn’s extensive production capacities to scale up, given recent market announcements in India and China.
The Taiwanese electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro wants to bring its battery exchange network to China on a large scale. For this purpose, Gogoro has now joined forces with two large Chinese two-wheeler manufacturers. Recently, there was a similar deal for India.
Taiwan’s Gogoro and India’s Hero MotoCorp announced a strategic partnership that aims to found a joint venture for bringing battery swaps to India. Hero also wants to use Gogoro technology for new electric two-wheelers for the Indian market.
Taiwan’s e-scooter manufacturer Gogoro is expanding its range to include electric bicycles. Under the new brand name Eeyo, the company has now introduced the first models Eeyo 1 and Eeyo 1S, built to score points above all with their low weight.
The Taiwanese electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro has introduced a new lighter and cheaper model. Now that the company has a full palette of longer and shorter-range city scooters, Gogoro plans to further expand internationally next year. In Taiwan, the Gogoro Viva will be available from October this year.
Taiwanese electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro has launched its Gogoro 2 Utility scooter and battery-replacement network built for B2B industries in the city of Seoul with cooperation partner TIC corporation.
The Taiwanese electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro has created its own sharing platform, GoShare, for renting electric scooters with exchangeable batteries. GoShare will initially start in the Northwestern Taiwanese district of Taoyuan with around 1,000 electric scooters in August.
Yamaha is taking their electric bike business further into new markets. A cooperation with Gogoro for Yamaha to use the firm’s battery swapping system in Taiwan is just in the making. Yamaha will add their design and marketing power. Moreover, they started selling pedelecs in the U.S. for the first time.
Taiwan’s Gogoro launches two new all-electric scooters destined to hit their home market first. Both models feature the company’s signature battery swap so useful when in the sharing business such as with Bosch’s Coup.
The announced expansion of the Coup electric scooter sharing to Madrid is taking shape: The Bosch subsidiary will be opening in the Spanish capital with no less than 850 electric Gogoro 2 scooters in July.
Bosch’s electric scooter sharing Coup is coming to Spain this summer, when Madrid will witness the launch of the Gogoro scooters. For Bosch it is the third European capital where the firm deploys the electric two-wheelers and the fleet is to grow to 3,500 LEVs this year.
Total and NewMotion: Oil giant Total partners with EV charging company NewMotion to offer its professional customers access to a network of more than 50,000 EV charging points in 25 European countries. The contract will enable 3m Total cardholders to uncomplicatedly charge their EVs and HEVs. The project’s kick-off is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2017. newfleet.de (in German), automobilsport.com
Electric scooter sharing for Japan: Taiwanese manufacturer Gogoro teams up with Sumitomo to introduce its electric scooters with exchangeable batteries also in Japan. A pilot of a sharing service called GoShare will start on the island Ishigaki with expansion to other parts of Japan scheduled for 2018. Sumitomo is also among the investors Gogoro won in its latest 300m dollars financing round. engadget.com, theverge.com, prnewswire.com
Téo to fill the gap that Uber leaves behind? Canadian electro taxi company Téo wants to expand its fleet from currently 110 to 350 electric cars within 18 months. By doing so, Téo hopes to fill the gap that rival Uber could leave behind as it might quit Quebec due to regulation problems. montrealgazette.com
Electric vans and buses for 20m dollars: Chinese company Suzhou E Motors Buses will supply 450 electric vans and 10 electric buses to Zhenjiang Baichuan New Energy Automobile. The contract that both partners signed has a volume of approximately 20m dollars. asiaone.com
Electric Hummer by Kreisel Electric: Arnold Schwarzenegger has presented a fully electrified Hummer that has been developed by Austrian company Kreisel Electric based on the model H1. The prototype comes with two electric motors (360 kW output), 100 kWh battery capacity and close to 300 km range. However, serial production is not planned. prnewswire.com, insideevs.com
Golf 8 without all-electric version: The next-gen VW Golf will hit the stores in about two years, but according to Jürgen Stackmann, head of VW sales and marketing, it will be available either with combustion engine, either in PHEV version. An all-electric Golf 8 won’t be produced as the company’s MEB-based all-electric I.D. will enter the market in 2020 almost parallelly. drive.com.au
China to relax rules for foreign carmakers? The Chinese government considers permitting foreign manufacturers to produce EVs in its free-trade zones without a local JV partner, reports Bloomberg referring to sources that do not want to be named. Thus, international carmakers could start to set up wholly owned EV businesses. The relaxation could come as soon as next year, but is still far from being definitively approved. bloomberg.com
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Mitsubishi presents EV concept: With a teaser photo, the Japanese carmaker draws attention to its e-Evolution Concept that shall be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in late October. It is supposed to be a fully electrified SUV coupe concept, further details are not yet available. europe.autonews.com, autocar.co.uk
Gogoro raises additional 300m dollars: The Taiwanese electric scooter manufacturer receives 300m USD from a group of investors including Sumitomo and French energy company ENGIE. In the previous two investment rounds, Gogoro raised already a total of 182m dollars. The fresh money shall support the company’s R&D unit and help to realise its expansion plans. In Europe, Bosch’s sharing service Coup uses Gogoro’s electric scooters with replaceable batteries. greentechmedia.com, forbes.com, gogoro.com
Also Rimac with new investor: Asian battery manufacturer Camel Group invests 30m euros in Croatian EV maker Rimac. The new financial resources shall enable the company to develop new products and to extend its production capacities. total-croatia-news.com
Gogoro surpassed 13,000 orders for its second-gen electric scooter as of the end of June with the order books being open only since May, 25 in Taiwan. These are record numbers given that last year, Gogoro sold 13,000 electric scooters in total and the company righteously expect sales to double this year. taipeitimes.com
Gogoro spices up electric scooter: The manufacturer has presented an update of its electric scooter which is part of the sharing scheme Coup. The free-float service is available in Berlin and reportedly about to be applied in Paris. The Gogoro 2 comes with 6.4 kWh swappable battery just as the original, but shall allow smoother torque and more control. Its launch is scheduled for July in Taiwan before it will enter other countries by late 2017. theverge.com, engadget.com
Charging infrastructure for the Algarve: Portugal’s South shall soon attract both local as well as travelling EV drivers by offering 32 EV semi-fast charging points. They are part of a pilot kicked-off by the country’s government and executed by Mobie.E. Two charging stations each will stand in all the Algarve’s 16 municipalities and the network is supposed to go live within two months. theportugalnews.com
Chargemaster to supply black cabs: The London Taxi Company has chosen Chargemaster as official supplier for charging equipment for its new range-extended electric taxis. As reported, LTC cabs will hit the roads of Britain’s capital later this year before their international launch in 2018. chargemasterplc.com
Big hybrid bus order: Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has ordered 55 hybrid buses from New Flyer. The contract includes the supply of 47 Xcelsior diesel-electric series buses for 51m dollars and an option for up to eight additional buses in 2018. greencarcongress.com, newswire.ca
Cleaning China: Beijing is about to exchange 45 percent of its fleet of sanitation vehicles with electric ones. Already by the end of this year, 791 specially made vehicles by BYD will be sweeping the streets or collecting garbage. By the end of next year, the Chinese capital is to be cleaned by a fully electric fleet consisting of various models. english.cri.cn
South Australia to go green: The states plans a push for electrification as it seeks to switch 30 percent of its fleet to plug-in vehicles. In numbers that is to grow the electrified fleet from 161 to 2,000 units over the next three years. South Australia’s capital Adelaide aspires to become a carbon neutral city. evtalk.co.nz, premier.sa.gov.au, wardsauto.com
Gogoro expands: Another 100 charging stations for the rental electric scooters shall be installed at businesses in Taiwan. Gogoro says it sold more than 10,000 electric two-wheelers and set up 225 battery swapping stops in six Taiwanese cities. taipeitimes.com
India’s first electric motorcycle comes from Tork Motorcycles. The T6X said range is above 100 km with a top speed of 95 kph. Before its launch in Pune, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad in 2017, Tork is to set up a 100 charging stations in each city. auto.ndtv.com
Chinese charging offensive: State-owned utility State Grid has issued a tender for the installation of 6,600 EV charging stations by the end of the year. The company is ready to invest 650m yuan in 2016 alone (9.3m dollars). gasgoo.com
Slow delivery: The first 20 of 417 BYD K7 electric buses have been delivered to the Chinese city of Chengde. The order had been placed almost one year ago. gasgoo.com
Bid deal: Wrightspeed, the start-up belonging to Tesla co-founder Ian Wight, has landed its biggest order to date. It will deliver its heavy-duty range-extended electric powertrain retrofitting technology to New Zealand’s urban bus operator NZ. The deal is worth 30m dollars. greencarcongress.com, bizjournals.com
Romania ups incentives: Citizens and companies purchasing an all-electric car can now qualify for up to 6,000 euros in subsidies, including a scrappage fee. For hybrids, they can get as much as 5,000 euros. Moreover, Romania plans to financially support companies setting up EV infrastructure. romania-insider.com
Charging from down below: Dutch company Streetplug has developed a clever charging system for electric vehicles that can be embedded in the ground. It is currently being tested in Venlo should become available from October for 2.600 euros. streetplug.nl
Selling point: Gogoro has added supermarket chain Carrefour to the list of vendors of its electric two-wheeler in Taiwan. Customers can test drive and buy the Smartscooter at three Carrefour in Taipei, increasing the Gogoro’s selling network in the country to 15 locations. thenewslens.com
BYD for DHL: In Chinese Shenzhen, DHL uses 35 electric vans by BYD for its package deliveries. The T3 with its 200 km range is the start of a “strategic cooperation” between the two firms. Meanwhile BYD has readied two more electric delivery vans, the T5 and T7, that both offer more room for load. transportengineer.org.uk
Gogoro OPEN Initiative: The electric scooter sharing system from Taiwan says it found 200 cities from 50 countries ready to install mini Gogoro chargers. The initiative is designed to establish interest and ultimately extend the scope of the firm’s electric mobility offering. taipeitimes.com, gogoro.com (register)
Hydrogen running dry: Toyota has asked U.S. dealers to delay Mirai deliveries as H2 infrastructure is not ready. There are less than a dozen stations open in California and Toyota would thus sell a car destined to come to a standstill. The firm stresses that sales have not come to a halt, just a hold off. wardsauto.co, greencarreports.com
Green council: Bradford administration now leases seven Nissan e-NV200 and two Nissan Leaf. All nine electric vehicles will be used by staff and replace older diesel vehicles. 75 percent of the cost is covered by the British Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles. thetelegraphandargus.co.uk
Grants granted: Malta kicks off its EV incentive scheme as planned. It includes a scrappage bonus of up to 7,000 euros for those wishing to replace their old car, as well as a 4,000 euro incentive for those who simply wish to purchase an electric vehicle. timesofmalta.com
BUDD-e debuts: Volkswagen finally took the wraps of its all-electric van. Sporting a 92.4 kWh battery pack, it is said to go 533 km and charge up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes at a 150 kW charging station. The all-wheel drive boasts 225 kW, allowing BUDD-e to go from 0-100 kph in about seven seconds. Moreover, it is Volkswagen’s first car based on the new MEB architecture. electrive.net (in German); autoblog.com, caranddriver.com
Hybrid alliance: Honda and GM want to extend their cooperation from working together on fuel cell technology to also include plug-in hybrids. Moreover, the manufacturers may use joint procurement of parts to lower costs, and are considering the joint manufacture of PHEVs. the-japan-news.com, greencarcongress.com
Citroën for China: The French carmaker may introduce a new sedan called the C6 in China in the third quarter of this year. The car will only be available in the Asian country and be built by Dongfeng-PSA. A hybrid version is planned. Moreover, the in 2012 introduced hybrid study DS Numero 9 is said to come to life as the DS9 in China. It will be built by Changan-PSA. carnewschina.com, worldcarfans.com
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Gogoro update: The company has sold 4,000th electric scooters and opened 125 battery swapping stations in Taiwan. Gogoro now looks to expand to Amsterdam this summer, and will then work on getting a foot in the door on the U.S. market. In countries without swapping stations, Gogoro offers a charger for its scooter. fortune.com, sys-con.com
New BYD bus: The Chinese manufacturer unveiled its K10A, especially designed for the Brazilian market. It is BYD’s first 15 metre bus. The batteries are stored in the vehicle’s floor, for more passenger comfort. Meanwhile, the joint venture Loxley-BYD assembly plant in Thailand is ready to kick off production of BYD buses for the Thai market. automotiveworld.com (Brazil), nationmultimedia.com (Thailand)
Tax free EV: Indian state Maharashtra has scrapped taxes for electric vehicles, meaning they are not subject to value added tax (VAT), road tax or registration fees when bought in the state. At the moment, the Mahindra Reva e2o is the only electric car sold in Maharashtra. indiatimes.com, cardekho.com