Gogoro set to launch its small, compact scooter Viva
Market Expertz | September 26, 2019
Taiwan-based Gogoro is launching a new scooter dubbed Viva, which will be available at the cost of $1,800 in Taiwan starting this October and will enter some global markets in the year 2020. Viva will be smaller and more adaptable than other vehicles in the company’s fleet. With a weight of 176 pounds (approximately 80 kilograms), the Viva will be the smallest scooter ever to be created by Gogoro. It is designed for commute within city limits, so it can replace the 50-100cc gas scooters generally preferred for short trips.
It can deliver a moderate range of 85 kilometers, and like all other Gogoro scooters, the Viva will provide the option of swappable batteries. This feature comes in handy when the user runs out of power, in which case, they could go to one of the company’s 1,400 battery swap stations built across Taiwan. However, unlike Gogoro’s other scooters, Viva will include not two, but a single battery. This might be because Gogoro has been incorporating new batteries that employ the same kind of Panasonic cells used on the Tesla Model 3. Gogoro first scooter rode into the market back in 2015, at the Consumer Electronics Show, and the company has launched several variants of the design since then. Gogoro, the latest model, can go 105 miles on two fully charged batteries and costs nearly $2,500. The company has occupied a sizable share in the Taiwanese market, while gradually establishing its presence in the global sector. The company offers vacation rentals in Japan and rental services in Germany and France.
Recently, it supplied scooters for use in delivery services in the Korean market. It is estimated that 1 billion kilometers have been driven on the company scooters. Gogoro has also entered into partnership agreements with scooter giants like Yamaha along the way to expedite its electrification and describes its battery swap stations as a means to help power-hungry cities manage peak energy demand.