Gogoro Crossover Electric Scooter, Production Begins, Know Every Detail!
Featured Stories by Team Drivio | 1st Dec 23
The brand calls this scooter its ‘two-wheeled SUV’
- That’s because its more than 1400mm wheelbase makes it an incredibly large scooter
- That said, the kerb weight is still a very manageable 126kg
- The scooter rides on 12-inch wheels while discs manage braking duties at both ends
Taiwan-based electric vehicle (EV) company Gogoro has set its sights on the Indian market, announcing the launch of its first product, the Gogoro Crossover electric scooter, scheduled for December 12. This move aligns with Gogoro's expansion strategy, with production already underway in Maharashtra, India. The Gogoro Crossover, unveiled in October, stands as the largest scooter in Gogoro's lineup, emphasizing utility and versatility.
Design and Dimensions: The Two-Wheeled SUV
In terms of dimensions, the Gogoro Crossover stands as Gogoro's most substantial scooter to date, featuring a wheelbase exceeding 1,400 mm for the India-spec model. Aptly dubbed a 'two-wheeled SUV,' the Crossover boasts a modified steel tubular frame.
Noteworthy features include an extended LED headlight with a load-bearing shroud, emphasizing its utility aspect. The scooter rides on 12-inch wheels, supported by a telescopic fork and twin rear shocks, ensuring a stable and controlled ride. With disc brakes at both ends (220 mm front; 180 mm rear), the Crossover maintains efficient braking performance. Weighing 126 kg with batteries, it achieves a balanced yet robust stance, while the ground clearance is set at 142 mm.
Flexibility for Gig Workers: Practicality Redefined
Designed with gig workers in mind, the Gogoro Crossover places a premium on flexibility. The split seats serve a dual purpose, with the pillion seat folding to become a backrest for the rider, creating additional cargo space. The removable pillion seat adds another layer of versatility, allowing for increased storage capacity. Gogoro plans to enhance practicality further with optional front and rear luggage racks, top cases, and panniers, catering to the diverse needs of users.
Swappable Battery System: Paving the Way for Sustainability
Underneath the rider seat, a compact compartment houses two swappable battery packs, each weighing slightly over 10 kg, with a combined capacity of approximately 1.6 kWh. This innovative setup is anticipated to provide a range of around 100 kilometers.
Gogoro has already taken strides in establishing battery-swapping stations in the Delhi-NCR region, with full-scale battery manufacturing set to commence in the first half of 2024. The company aims to rapidly expand its swap network across key Indian cities, promoting the adoption of electric scooters.
Performance and Specifications: Tailored for Indian Roads
While final specifications for the India-specific Crossover are yet to be disclosed, the B2B model is expected to feature a motor with a peak power output under 3 kW and a top speed of 60-65 kmph. In contrast, the international version boasts a liquid-cooled motor with a peak output of 7 kW and 26.6 Nm of torque. Gogoro's strategic investment of $1.5 billion in Maharashtra underscores its commitment to tapping into India's burgeoning gig economy.
Strategic Partnerships: Gogoro's Vision for India
Gogoro has strategically positioned itself in the Indian market, forging crucial partnerships to drive its vision. Collaborations with delivery giants Swiggy and Zomato, along with EV-only delivery firm Zypp Electric, highlight Gogoro's focus on catering to the gig economy's demands. Additionally, the partnership with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) ensures that Gogoro's battery cabinets will find a home in HPCL's fuel stations, expanding the accessibility of battery-swapping solutions.
Localization Efforts and Collaborations: A Holistic Approach
Gogoro's localization efforts in India are evident in its collaboration with Hero MotoCorp, a key player in the Indian two-wheeler market. Hero MotoCorp is leveraging Gogoro's tech platform and swappable batteries to develop an all-new scooter. Gogoro's proactive approach, having partnered with global two-wheeler brands like Suzuki and Yamaha, anticipates more Indian manufacturers embracing its battery swap solutions as the appeal and practicality of the system become apparent in diverse Indian conditions.
Subscription-Based Service: Democratizing Electric Mobility
Gogoro's decision to unbundle batteries from the scooter and offer them through a subscription-based service aligns with its goal of making the Crossover accessible to a wide audience. This innovative approach is expected to lower the initial cost of the scooter significantly. Gogoro plans to introduce various subscription plans, including a pay-per-use model and a monthly fee structure tailored for fleet operators, further democratizing electric mobility in India.
In conclusion, the Gogoro Crossover electric scooter emerges as a game-changer in the Indian electric vehicle landscape. With its emphasis on utility, flexibility, and sustainability, backed by strategic partnerships and localization efforts, Gogoro is poised to make a significant impact. As the Indian market eagerly awaits the arrival of the Gogoro Crossover, it signals a transformative shift towards eco-friendly and efficient urban mobility solutions.