Smart Cities are Beginning to Adopt Electric Scooters as the Future of Transport

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities December 17, 2015 09:21

Smart Cities are Beginning to Adopt Electric Scooters as the Future of Transport

As cities expand and demand for electric scooters and vehicles grows, Gogoro is trying to bring a new urban energy infrastructure to market.

By 2025 the number of smart cities around the world is predicted to quadruple from 2013, from 21 to 88. Gogoro is an electric scooter and energy company that is helping to lead this transformation by making megacities more connected, sustainable, and smart. Already in Amsterdam and Taipei, Gogoro is seeking out new metropolitan regions. But what cities are fitting for this mobility technology, and what will be the long-term impact?

To get a better sense of Gogoro, it seems fair to say that it’s like Tesla, but with scooters. The company has created the “world’s first high-performance, zero emissions two-wheeled electric vehicle”, as well as an urban battery infrastructure for quick charging.

TC - Smart Cities are Beginning to Adopt Electric Scooters as the Future of Transport - image 2The scooter also gathers, analyzes, and shares rider data to help riders understand best practices for reducing energy consumption and optimizing performance. Vending machines called GoStations allow riders to swap out dead batteries with new ones, and are spread throughout the city for easy access.

Around the world, Barcelona, London, Nice, and Singapore demonstrate essential components of smart cities and roads favorable to two-wheelers. Barcelona specifically has scored high on smart parking, as well as the environment in a Juniper Research study. And, while EV’s have been slow to take off in Singapore, at a cheaper price point than four wheeled automobiles, scooters might be a good fit for the city-state’s limited road space.

One of the greatest challenges for cities going forward will be preparing for massive growth, while ensuring long-term sustainable practices. New forms of energy are finding their way onto city streets, and Gogoro is taking the first steps in using them to improve urban experiences.

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities December 17, 2015 09:21