The 'Tesla Of Scooters' Reveals Global Ambitions — Should The World Be Worried?

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Taiwanese electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro has revealed its plans with regards to expanding into international markets. Gogoro is considered by many to be the 'Tesla of Scooters.'

Gogoro's first electric foray outside sees it partnering with Coup, a subsidiary of Bosch, to roll out a rental service using 200 of its all-electric smart scooters in the German capital Berlin. 

Gogoro's electric scooter rental service is open to riders who are 21 years or older.To use the smart scooter rental service, Berliners will have to fork out €3 (Rs. 224) for 30 minutes or €20 (Rs. 1492) for a full day.

The Berlin rental program is quite different from Gogoro's business system back home in Taiwan. In Taiwan, customers have to pay as much as NT$108,000 (Rs. 2.30 lakhs) to purchase the top-end Gogoro Plus scooter. In addition to this, they have to pay a membership fee to use the company's battery-swapping stations.

In Berlin, the batteries will be swapped out by employees from Coup for no extra charge. However, Berliners will not be able to access the bike's full potential with the top speed being limited to 43.5km/h, instead of the usual 95km/h.

Gogoro's electric scooters are quite Tesla-like with their crazy features which can be controlled from Gogoro's smartphone app including features that help users monitor their scooters and play around with the headlamps and tail lights as well as change the colours of the dashboard. 

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Story first published: Thursday, August 11, 2016, 20:30 [IST]
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