In the increasing stable of the company, Taiwan’s Gogoro has a fresh scooter coming out which is lower and more adaptable than anything else. It is called “Viva,” and will be accessible in Taiwan in October for $1,800, and in 2020 for “some worldwide markets.”
The Viva is the smallest and most nimble scooter that Gogoro has developed to date at 80 kilograms (176 pounds). It is intended to be a city commuter, something that can replace a gas scooter of 50-100cc often used for brief journeys. As such, it has a limited range of only 85 kilometers distance (just 53 miles shy).
(53 miles range may seem like a big feat, but in Taipei, battery swap stations exist on every corner).
But like all of Gogoro’s other scooters, the Viva is powered by swappable batteries. So whenever a customer runs out of juice they can stop at one of the 1,400 Taiwan-wide battery exchange stations of the company. There is just one distinction however, only one battery will be used by the Viva, while the other scooters from Gogoro use two. (That’s probably because Gogoro switched to fresh batteries using the same Panasonic cell type discovered in Tesla Model 3.)
Gogoro CEO Horace Luke informs The Verge that the Viva scooter will also be “totally customizable,” with “over 100 accessories that you can bolt on.” Despite its tiny size, the Viva also has 21 liters (under one cubic foot) of storage.
“You can make it a utility vehicle if you want, you can make it a more stylish vehicle if you want, you can make it a more naked vehicle if you want, or you can put on a whole bunch of bags and carrying gear,” he says.
Also, Luke says he expects the Viva to be less intimidating than other scooters from Gogoro, which are bigger and quicker. “It’s less like a motorcycle, and more like something where you can say: ‘I need to go half a mile, or two or three miles, from point A to point B, and I can jump on this and I don’t have any stress doing it,’” he says.
At the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, Gogoro introduced its first scooter, but the firm has since published several iterations on the design. The latest edition, the Gogoro 3, can last for 105 miles on two fully charged batteries. (This model goes for approximately $2,500.)
The firm has engulfed a huge market share in Taiwan while also slowly testing markets outside its home nation. Gogoro has trialed vacation rentals in Japan, more straightforward shared rental services in France and Germany, and more recently supplied scooters to shipping services in Korea.
Overall, Luke says, the company’s scooters have covered over 1 billion kilometers (Approx. 621 million miles). The firm has also partnered with some incumbent scooter producers such as Yamaha to help accelerate and broaden the technological switchover to electric. Also, the firms battery exchange stations have been positioned to assist power-hungry towns cope with peak demand for energy.
The Viva scooter is helping to complete a products line that Luke says should be very attractive to cities that want to change how people move in a sustainable way.
“Everyone wants micromobility in their city, but micromobility that is steady, that is licensed, that is kind of governed,” he says. “We’re going to try and spread this as broad as possible over the next 24 months.”