Gogoro unveils electric Smartscooter with swappable batteries

Gogoro unveils electric Smartscooter with swappable batteries

At the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, Taiwanese firm Gogoro unveiled a smart electric scooter - the Gogoro Smartscooter - which runs on swappable electric batteries.

The Smartscooter is Gogoro's debut product which was first revealed by the company's CEO Horace Luke in San Francisco.

The most outstanding feature of the Gogoro Smartscooter is that the electric scooter runs on batteries; and, hence, it does not require to be plugged into an electric source for charging, like other electric gadgets. The Smartscooter batteries - which can be easily changed when they get drained of power - include 25 sensors, a NFC technology, and a 256-bit security.

The power behind the Gogoro Smartscooter is the Gogoro G1 motor which is mounted on the Gogoro Aeroframe. Some of the key features of the Smartscooter include programmable LED headlights and taillights; Bluetooth connection; connectivity via a smartphone app for changing settings; and wireless key. The scooter also features 30 on-board sensors, apps for iOS and Android, and cloud connectivity.

The Gogoro Smartscooter can run for nearly 60 miles on one battery with Panasonic's 18650-size automotive grade lithium ion cell. It can accelerate from zero to 50 km per hour (km/h) in barely 4.2 seconds; with its top speed being 100 km/h.