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Mobile Chargers Are Bringing Electric Scooters to Your City Faster Than Expected

PSFK spoke with Gogoro's VP of Communications about the company's OPEN Initiative and its global expansion

Last year at CES, Gogoro explained to onlookers how battery swapping could eliminate the challenges of EV adoption. Since launching in Taipei in August, the electric scooter maker and energy company has sold over 4,000 EV scooters and built over 125 battery swapping charging stations in the region. Now Gogoro will be making its way to Amsterdam this summer, and hit the U.S. market in late 2016.

But at this year’s convention, Gogoro unveiled two developments that will scale up adoption and even introduce sustainable transport into other smaller, progressive communities. The GoCharger can be used at home or in businesses, and the OPEN Initiative lets people nominate themselves or their communities to adopt the technology, even if GoStations aren’t yet available.

PSFK was able to speak with Jason Gordon, Gogoro’s VP of Communications, to learn more about the new GoCharger and how the OPEN Initiative will get consumers involved in the rollout process.

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Smart Cities are Beginning to Adopt Electric Scooters as the Future of Transport

As cities expand and demand for electric scooters and vehicles grows, Gogoro is trying to bring a new urban energy infrastructure to market

By 2025 the number of smart cities around the world is predicted to quadruple from 2013, from 21 to 88. Gogoro is an electric scooter and energy company that is helping to lead this transformation by making megacities more connected, sustainable, and smart. Already in Amsterdam and Taipei, Gogoro is seeking out new metropolitan regions. But what cities are fitting for this mobility technology, and what will be the long-term impact?

To get a better sense of Gogoro, it seems fair to say that it’s like Tesla, but with scooters. The company has created the “world’s first high-performance, zero emissions two-wheeled electric vehicle”, as well as an urban battery infrastructure for quick charging.

The scooter also gathers, analyzes, and shares rider data to help riders understand best practices for reducing energy consumption and optimizing performance. Vending machines called GoStations allow riders to swap out dead batteries with new ones, and are spread throughout the city for easy access.

Cities naturally seem like good locations for the Gogoro system, but other geographical, social, and political forces also help determine suitable regions for adoption. Gogoro’s VP of communications Jason Gordon gave PSFK three practical reasons as to why Taipei made sense:

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