If you are at least 21 years old with a valid driver’s license and happen to live or visit the capital of Germany, you eligible for the electric scooter sharing service. The vehicles will be provided by Gogoro, and will allow you to travel however you want around the city without the added worry of CO2 emissions.
Gogoro is a relatively new company in the scooter industry, which plans to make its mark with this new renting service. The company was created by Horace Luke, a former chief innovation officer for HTC, with financial backing from Panasonic.
The new scooter renting program has been implemented in partnership with Coup, a subsidiary of Bosh. The service consists of various scooter renting options. Renting a scooter for 30 minutes will cost you $3.40 and $22.50 for an entire day. Basic insurance will be included in the cost of renting a scooter. More comprehensive add-on coverage can be implemented if there is a demand for it.
The Gogoro electric scooter was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2015, and it can reach a high speed of 60 miles per hour. It comes equipped with a digital dashboard and a phone app which allows you to control and customize the sounds and lights of the scooter. One feature that makes it stand apart from other models is the battery-swapping system. It allows customers to replace a battery from stations around Berlin.
In Taiwan, where the company is located, you have to buy the scooter and pay a membership fee if you want access to the battery-replacing stations. The service in Berlin will work slightly different since it’s based on renting the scooters not buying them, and the battery stations won’t be available in the beginning.
In order to use the scooter sharing service you will have to first download the app and introduce your driver’s license info. Afterward, the app will bring up a map of the city and highlight any available scooters near your location. The next step consists of selecting and paying for the scooter, which comes with a helmet inside its trunk, which is electronically locked.
Gogoro has had a great deal of success in Taiwan and plans to expand in other cities, but it all depends if they are able to extend their battery-swap stations infrastructure. Their experiment in Berlin will have a big impact on the company’s future.
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