Gogoro was not shy about wanting to offer his scooter with interchangeable batteries beyond existing markets like Taiwan, and has just made a deal to help make that happen. The mobility company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with manufacturing giant Foxconn to “accelerate” international expansion for Smartscooters. The two will work together on vehicle engineering, intelligent battery technology and production, giving Gogoro more space to focus on the design, technological development and distribution of his creations.
The two did not say when they expected their team to produce results. There was no mention of it Gogoro e-bikes.
Gogoro has built its reputation in Taiwan, but has been gradually spreading its reach to other countries. He recently unveiled expansion plans for India and mainland China. The attraction, as always, is a battery exchange system that can eliminate the anxiety of the range – just visit a swap station to get a newly charged power pack.
Foxconn is no stranger to helping EV creators grow. It is collaborating with Fisker on an ‘advanced’ car due in 2023, and would have had a manufacture deal with Volely parent Geely. An alliance of electric scooters is relatively rare, and suggests that Foxconn covers its bases. Many in the transportation industry wait for the ownership of the car to decrease, and the Gogoro pact could help Foxconn thrive even if travelers abandon personal vehicles in favor of mopeds and shared rides.
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