Gogoro to start selling electric scooters with swappable batteries in India, announcement likely on November 3rd

Gogoro's offering is also called the S1, much like the Ola S1 electric scooter range in India.

Highlights
  • Taiwanese automaker Gogoro to enter the Indian electric two-wheeler segment 
  • Media reports suggest that the EV maker could announce its India plans on November 3rd
  • Gogoro S1 and Gogoro Viva e-scooters could come to India

Taiwanese electric scooter maker Gogoro is inclined on entering the Indian market soon. Gogoro is likely to consider bringing two of its tried and tested electrified two-wheelers, the Gogoro S1 and the Gogoro Viva. This development comes in the light of media reports which suggest that the Asian company will publicly announce its India plans on November 3rd.

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Interestingly, Gogoro has already partnered with India’s Hero MotorCorp to establish a battery-swapping network in the country. While the company’s intentions are still unclear, the company could decide to cater to both private as well as commercial two-wheeler sectors in India. 

New electric scooters in India

Gogoro could bring its Gogoro S1 electric scooter to the Indian market and could cater to the premium electric scooter segment in the country. The company could also introduce its Gogoro Viva electric two-wheeler and could sell its B2B partner as a last-mile delivery vehicle.

The Gogoro S1 is a stylish electric scooter with futuristic styling. The scooter is aimed at the urban buyer and is offered in interesting colour options such as Nardo Grey in Taiwan. It gets a 7.2kW motor which provides 27Nm of peak torque at the wheel. This powertrain propels the S1 from 0 to 50kmph in just 3.7 seconds. The S1 delivers 150km of range on a single charge. 

However, the S1 utilises many high-end engineering techniques that could end up becoming a costly affair in India if maximum localisation is not achieved. Some of its highlights include aluminium construction using space glue instead of welding, aluminium swingarm, adjustable suspension, etc. When launched, the Gogoro S1 would compete with its namesake, the Ola S1 and S1 Pro, Bajaj Chetak, Ather 450X, Bounce Infinity E1, Vida V1 twins, etc. While pricing for the Gogoro S1 is currently unknown, ideally the EV should be priced in the Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh ballpark. 

The Gogoro Viva could also be offered and could be aimed at B2B partners for enabling last-mile delivery. The ultra-light-weight electric scooter gets recycled polypropylene panels, a combined braking system, LED lights, monochrome digital display, and delivers around 85km of range. 

Both the scooters get swappable battery packs and the company could also roll out a battery-swapping scheme to reduce the cost of ownership. Gogoro is a significant player in the Taiwanese EV two-wheeler industry with about 92 percent market share. Given the similarities between the Indian and Taiwanese markets, the company could already have a game plan chalked out.