Your morning commute can be fun for both you and the environment, thanks to the Gogoro Smartscooter. Due to be unveiled today (Jan. 5) at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Gogoro is a battery-powered scooter that its creators say releases no harmful emissions into the atmosphere.
Built for use in cities, Gogoro was designed to balance low environmental impact, power and usability. The frame is relatively lightweight, and batteries can be swapped out in as little as six seconds, its creators say. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.
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Gogoro will be powered by a network of recharging stations called GoStations, to which Gogoro owners can go to swap their batteries and get maintenance checks. These GoStations will form the Gogoro Energy Network, which will be protected by 256-bit security encryption to keep users' location and other data private. In which cities the Gogoro Energy Network will launch has yet to be announced, but the scooter is designed for crowded Asian cities.
The Gogoro itself has an aluminum frame that the creators say is "racing grade." The scooter can reach a lean angle of 48.5 degrees on turns.
Thirty onboard sensors keep track of metrics such as speed, distance and energy consumption. The Gogoro's onboard computer also syncs with a mobile app to help users find closeby GoStations to recharge.
"With the world's megacities at a tipping point in population density, pollution fallout and rapid expansion, it is essential that we reimagine the energy infrastructure and create a renewed mindset for change in tomorrow's urban generation," Gogoro co-founder and CEO Horace Luke said in a statement.