Gogoro CrossOver E-Scooter Set To Revolutionize Last-Mile Travel
Taiwanese electric vehicle manufacturer Gogoro is set to introduce its latest ‘CrossOver’ electric scooter to the Indian market, with pricing details slated for announcement on December 12, 2023. The debut offering in India is designed to navigate both urban and off-road terrains, positioning itself as a 'two-wheeled SUV’.
Unveiled in October, the Gogoro CrossOver features 12-inch wheels fitted with Maxxis dual-purpose tires, front suspension with fork gaiters, split-type seats, and an extended LED headlight with a load-bearing shroud. Notably, the scooter incorporates a unique feature where the pillion seat can fold to become a backrest, providing additional storage space. Optional accessories include top cases, panniers, and front and rear luggage racks.
Constructed on a new steel tubular frame to enhance body rigidity and facilitate extra storage options, the CrossOver is equipped with a telescopic fork at the front and twin shock absorbers at the rear. The braking system comprises a 220mm disc at the front and a 180mm disc at the rear.
Battery Swapping Facilities
The Gogoro CrossOver comes with two battery packs, each weighing slightly over 10 kilograms, facilitating easy swapping and recharging at dedicated battery-swapping stations. The electric scooter is powered by a 7.6kW electric motor, though specific details regarding the riding range and charging time have yet to be disclosed. The global version features a liquid-cooled motor with 9bhp and 27Nm of peak torque.
Weighing in at 126 kilograms, including batteries, and with a ground clearance of 142mm, the scooter features a wheelbase exceeding 1,400mm, although the exact figure remains undisclosed.
In terms of features, the Gogoro CrossOver is equipped with a color display with smartphone connectivity, displaying essential ride-related information. Standard offerings include a traction control system, over-the-air updates, and optional cruise control. The company aims to position its upcoming product at an affordable price point.
The production of CrossOver is already in progress in Maharashtra, where Gogoro has committed a USD 1.5 billion investment for manufacturing battery packs and vehicles, along with the establishment of battery swap stations. Additionally, Gogoro has formed partnerships with Zypp Electric, Swiggy, and Zomato to drive and accelerate EV adoption in the last-mile transportation sector.
Gogoro Gets SIDBI’s Recognition
In a recent development, Gogoro has earned recognition from the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) as an approved Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). This initiative makes Gogoro the first global electric two-wheel OEM and the first battery-swapping player to qualify for empanelment with SIDBI. Through this initiative, Gogoro aims to facilitate and accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in India.
This strategic move aligns with Gogoro's commitment to expediting the adoption of electric vehicles in the Indian market. SIDBI's flagship mission, "50K-EV4ECO," focuses on promoting widespread electric vehicle adoption throughout India. Dr. RK Singh, Chief General Manager of SIDBI, emphasized the initiative's aim to fortify the EV ecosystem for commercial applications by providing innovative financing facilities through direct and indirect lending. This approach empowers enterprises to seamlessly transition to electric mobility.
With new innovations unfolding daily in the electric vehicle sector, the introduction of Gogoro's CrossOver electric scooter in India, featuring cutting-edge technologies like battery swapping and advanced connectivity, signals a futuristic evolution in sustainable transportation. As Gogoro collaborates with SIDBI to pioneer EV financing, the synergy of groundbreaking innovations and strategic financial support propels India into an era of transformative, eco-friendly mobility.