Gogoro Inc., a Taiwan-based technology leader in battery-swapping ecosystems that enable sustainable mobility solutions for cities, has on Tuesday announced the immediate availability of its battery swapping ecosystem and Smartscooters in India.

The company said in a statement that it also unveiled its first India-made Smartscooter, the CrossOver GX250.

Initially available to B2B customers in Delhi and Goa, the company plans to roll out in Mumbai and Pune in the first half of 2024, with consumer availability in the second quarter of 2024.

“We are at the cusp of a dramatic change in the global urban transportation landscape, and with its more than 250 million mopeds and motorcycles India is well positioned to lead the shift to sustainable consumer and business to business (B2B) transportation,” said Horace Luke, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gogoro.

“The Gogoro CrossOver series embodies everything our brand has come to stand for and the new made-in-India CrossOver GX250 is optimized for riders in India with more seating space, greater storage and better ground clearance,” he added.

According to the statement, the CrossOver series is built on a redesigned all-terrain frame that enables increased rigidity and comfort while offering a variety of storage, riding and customization capabilities.

The CrossOver will be available in India in three models: the CrossOver GX250, CrossOver 50 and CrossOver S.

The CrossOver GX250 is immediately available on Tuesday with the CrossOver 50 and CrossOver S shipping later in 2024.

Manufactured in Maharashtra India, the CrossOver GX250 is Gogoro’s first India-made Smartscooter.

The CrossOver GX250 captures the best of Gogoro’s new CrossOver Smartscooters while integrating India-specific features that Gogoro pilot riders in India requested.

Optimized for various road conditions, the CrossOver GX250 adopts a newly developed all-terrain frame that provides increased rigidity for improved strength and stability.

The new frame also provides 176mm of ground clearance, the highest in Gogoro’s current vehicle lineup.

CrossOver GX250 also utilizes a 2.5 kW Direct Drive that provides a top speed of 60+kph and a certified range of 111km.

The CrossOver GX250’s new frame design greatly increases the durability of the suspension system and accommodates larger loads while emphasizing comfort and stability.

Designed to adapt to various riding scenarios, the CrossOver GX250 also provides passenger riding space as well as ample storage options with a new mounting point expansion system that includes 26 locking points.

With the ability to leverage four cargo areas including a platform design headlight, foot, seat and rear cargo space, the CrossOver GX250 can easily accommodate most storage needs. To carry more, the rear seat can be flipped up or removed to add cargo storage as needed.

In August, India’s International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) certified the CrossOver GX250 for India.

In November, Gogoro became the first foreign two-wheel original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to be recognized by the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) that entitled the CrossOver GX250 for its electric vehicle (EV) financing programs.

“Gogoro was uniquely created to introduce a mass market shift to sustainable energy in densely populated cities by establishing an intelligent battery swapping ecosystem for vehicle refueling that is safe, scalable and open,

“There has been significant demand in India for Gogoro battery swapping, Smartscooters and technologies and we are excited to be launching commercially with a variety of partners,” said Luke.

“On average, last mile delivery riders ride more than six-times the distance as consumer riders, so enabling these delivery riders to adopt smart sustainable electric transportation can have an accelerated impact on a city,” he added.

According to the statement, Gogoro is also working with a variety of partners in the region across three core business categories – businesses and fleet operators, mobility-as-a-service and turnkey solution.

The firm continues to work with large and small partners to enable sustainable delivery companies, such as Zypp Electric and logistics fleets and taxi services using Gogoro battery swapping and Smartscooters, including those transitioning from traditional ICE vehicles.

It is also working with partners, like FutureEV, to enable new sustainable business opportunities including the use of Gogoro’s GoShare platform that enables fractional and shared mobility-as-a-service deployments.

Gogoro also works with business partners, to deploy a complete battery swapping ecosystem and Smartscooters that are made in India to new domestic and international markets like Nebula Energy in Nepal.

Zypp Electric and Gogoro are also continuing their long-term partnership that began with a successful B2B partnership and is continuing with Gogoro’s integration into Zypp Electric’s fleet program.

It is noted that FutureEV is launching a scooter sharing service in the Indian tourist city of Goa exclusively using Gogoro battery swapping and Smartscooters.

The company will begin a pilot on Dec 25, 2023, with a commercial launch expected in the first quarter of 2024.

It is learnt that Goa is ranked 15th in the world in vehicle density and with more than 8.5 million tourists annually it will be mandatory that all new tourist vehicles, rent-a-cab and rent-a-bike, be electric from January 2024.

Gogoro is also partnering with Nebula Energy to roll out battery swapping and Smartscooters in Nepal.

Nebula Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of MG Group, a new energy venture committed to leading the way towards an environmentally sustainable and energy independent Nepal.

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