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Gogoro to revolutionise commuter cycling

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GOGORO UNVEILS EEYO 1, THE ULTRALIGHT EBIKE FOR CITY RIDERS THAT DEMAND AGILITY OVER UTILITY

At just 26lbs, Eeyo 1s is half the weight of typical ebikes and designed to be quick, responsive, and more exciting to ride.

New Eeyo Smartwheel leverages Gogoro’s innovation in electric propulsion to develop a compact, streamlined, and self-contained smart digital drivetrain for ebikes.


 Gogoro®, a technology leader transforming how innovation is accelerating the shift to sustainable urban mobility, today announced the ultralight Gogoro Eeyo 1 ebike and Gogoro Eeyo™ Smartwheel. The Eeyo 1 is designed to address the daily challenges of city life and takes a different approach to traditional ebikes by prioritizing agility over utility. Eeyo 1 will be available this summer in the United States, Europe, and Taiwan.

“Ebikes don’t all need to be heavy cargo haulers or feel like you’re riding a battery, so we created the Eeyo 1 to be ultralight, quick, responsive, and fun,” said Horace Luke, founder, and CEO, Gogoro Inc. “With its iconic open-frame design and new powerful Eeyo Smartwheel, Eeyo 1 is an adrenaline time machine bringing back the pure joy of riding we all once had.”

Gogoro Eeyo

Gogoro creates smarter and cleaner transportation choices for how people in cities live, work, and move. Gogoro Eeyo is a new human-electric hybrid brand established to develop innovations in lightweight electric-assisted transportation. The first Gogoro Eeyo project to address these challenges is the Eeyo Smartwheel and the Eeyo 1.

Eeyo Smartwheel

Taking a rider-centric approach to ebike innovation, the new Gogoro Eeyo Smartwheel is an all-in-one digital drive that leverages the company’s advanced technical experience to tightly integrate the motor, battery, sensors, and smart connectivity into a compact self-contained hub. With Intelligent Power Assist, theEeyo Smartwheel  utilizes a state-of-the-art torque sensor to detect a rider’s pedal-power and instantly delivers pedal assist that provides increased control, power, and speed that feels more balanced, and natural. This not only conserves energy and prevents the rider from breaking a sweat, but it ensures there is enough power to get you where you want to go and back with power to spare.

Wirelessly integrated with Eeyo Smartwheel, the Eeyo app optimizes the ride, while displaying a simple and intuitive interface that delivers riding essentials that minimizes distractions.

Natural Riding Modes – To simplify the ride, Eeyo Smartwheel utilizes riding modes that provide varying levels of power assist based on rider preference. Each amplifies the rider’s own power, cadence, and riding style, so they can go faster or farther without a second thought.

  • Sport Mode – A highly responsive assist mode based on the rider’s effort. It provides speed and fun while still managing battery consumption for optimum efficiency.
  • Eco Mode – Extends range by limiting the power assist. Eeyo Smartwheel will automatically switch to Eco Mode when the battery gets low.

Over The Air Updates – Eeyo app enables over the air firmware and software updates to wirelessly deliver the latest features and refinements to the Smartwheel, ensuring the Eeyo experience gets better over time. Gogoro has delivered millions of over the air software updates to its existing Smartscooter™ customers.

Eeyo 1 is Gogoro’s first ebike project to demonstrate the potential of Gogoro’s Eeyo platform. The company will continue introducing new Eeyo products and solutions and work with other bike manufacturers and brands to accelerate their path to market by helping them quickly integrate Eeyo Smartwheel into a range of new ebikes.

Eeyo 1 – Ultralight And Agile For City Life

At 26.4 pounds, Eeyo 1s is designed with purpose and uncompromising innovation highlighted by Eeyo Smartwheel and an iconic open-frame design that eliminates the seat tube and uses Kevlar® reinforced carbon fiber to increase strength, shave weight, and deliver a smoother ride. With forward-leaning sport geometry, Eeyo 1 is aggressive and nimble, allowing riders to move speedily through city streets, bike lanes, and bridges with greater control. Inspired by city living as well, Eeyo 1’s unique design is optimized to be easily carried on a rider’s shoulder into an apartment, subway station, or wherever a bike can’t be ridden.

Commuter Range – The Eeyo 1 combines the power and efficiency of the Eeyo Smartwheel with its lightweight frame and components to provide ample range for any city rider. Sport Mode delivers 40 miles of range, the equivalent of three days of city commuting, or range can be extended to about 55 miles with Eco Mode.

Worry-Free – Eeyo 1 is easy to ride and simple to own. Every part has been chosen for durability and to be nearly maintenance-free. Using the industry-leading Gates Carbon Drive™ system means Eeyo 1 will last much longer than chain drives and is cleaner since it does not require lubrication. Eeyo 1 is simple to charge, there is no need to search for hidden charge ports, just snap the charger around the hub. The included charger is both rugged and small enough to carry with you. Additionally, there is a Stand Charger, sold separately, that allows the rider to simply drop the bike on and display it while charging. With proximity-based auto-lock, once the rider walks away from Eeyo 1, the motor locks, making it challenging to move or ride away.

Eeyo 1 Models

Eeyo 1 and Eeyo 1s utilize the same Smartwheel power and lightweight full carbon fiber frame and fork but come in different colors and are equipped with a different seat post, handlebars, and rims.

Eeyo 1s – $4599 

With the ‘warm white’ color, the Eeyo 1s is subtle but stands out in a crowd. It adds a carbon fiber seat post, handlebars, and rims to the full carbon fiber frame and fork for the ultimate lightweight experience. At only 26.4 pounds it rises above the competition.

Eeyo 1 – $3899

Bold and distinct, the Eeyo 1 comes in ‘cloud blue’ or ‘lobster orange’ colors and utilizes the same carbon fiber frame and fork as the 1s but comes with an alloy seat post, handlebars, and rims. At 27.5 pounds, Eeyo 1 is still half the weight of typical ebikes.

Available This Summer

Eeyo 1 will be available in the US and Taiwan in July and in Europe later this summer. To learn more about Eeyo 1, visit https://eeyo.bike. Also follow @eeyobike on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest news and details.

Gogoro The Smartscooter of the future

Gogoro unveiled it’s innovative smartscooter which features cutting edge battery technology & sophisticated charging station infrastructure at the CES 2015 show in Las Vegas.

The most interesting Gogoro-Front-Left-Quarter-Viewthing about the company is its swappable battery network it plans on building out in emerging and existing megacities.

The lithium-ion batteries have a more than 60 mile range—similar to what petrol scooter are capable of. When the rider is ready to swap the two batteries in the scooter, she is routed the nearest charging station through the Gogoro app where the charging station pops out two fresh batteries that are tailored to her driving style–if the rider is prone to going fast, they’ll probably need a stronger, fresher battery.

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The lithium-ion batteries were developed in partnership with Panasonic using the Japanese company’s cylindrical 18650-size batteries–the same used inside Tesla’s Model S. The batteries have 25 sensors in them and report back to the cloud every 10 minutes about their status. And the battery talks to the vehicle through near field communication (NFC) technology and to your phone through Bluetooth.

All the Gogoro stations will be synced up to determine which station has enough batteries charged to feed demand at particular locations. It’ll learn the behavior of regular users and be able to manage peak energy demands to better fit in with a city’s electricity demand. Batteries will spend their time charging in hours when energy isn’t in such high demand. Blackouts are a frequent issue in some big cities as energy demands spike more and more at certain times with rapid population growth. This is an attempt to offset those peaks.

“As population grows in megacities, electricity demand is only going to increase at that peak,” said Luke. “There’s the potential of charging surplus energy at night and have them ready for the day. … Imagine a world where your vehicle is so connected to the grid that it knows who, when and how you change batteries. You can design a grid that follows that pattern dynamically throughout the day and adjust energy levels to the amount of vehicles on the road.”

The swappable battery idea may bring to some people’s minds the disastrous cleantech failure that was Israel-based electric vehicle startup Better Place, which received nearly a billion in investment. But instead of the big hulking battery swaps that Better Place had to do with its four-wheel cars with the use of robots, you simply swap out two batteries into the Gogoro scooter using your own two hands. This makes installing the charging stations cheaper. To deploy the Gogoro stations, the company said it’ll cost $10,000–much lower cost than Better Place’s $500,000 charging stations.

Of course, the entire model behind Gogoro could fall apart if it never manages to get cities on board to invest and install this infrastructure. Gogoro thinks it’ll need one station per mile in cities to build the infrastructure up enough for the Gogoro system to work. Gogoro is already in talks with several big cities around building this battery infrastructure–including at least one US city. Even though the target is young people in booming urban areas of the developing world, Gogoro plans to have some presence in Europe and the US. Gogoro said we should be seeing rollout plans around building out this charging infrastructure later this year.

No pricetag has been mentioned yet for the scooter, but the model will be centered around leasing the battery. People will buy the vehicle and get access to the charging station network. “We want to make sure the vehicle is accessible,” said Luke. “In EVs today, the battery makes up 40 percent of building costs. Batteries are that expensive. Removing that and the charging circuit reduces the cost of the vehicle. Our model is more of a mobile phone business plan.”

Before Gogoro, Luke had spent his time as the chief innovation officer at Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC. But with the saturation of the smartphone market as it’s matured, it’s hard to grow in that space and major innovations soon dry up. “There’s so much money in the phone business that it’s practically like running the Olympics,” said Gogoro cofounder and CTO Matt Taylor, who followed Luke from executive positions at Microsoft and HTC to Gogoro. “You have the best teams at Motorola and Apple working on them. It’s hard to sit back and take a breath and really move things forward.”

Scooters seemed like the perfect place to move things forward—the industry hasn’t moved very far in the past 20 years. There are roughly 200 million scooters worldwide. Many people in the emerging megacities are coming into the middle class and desire a means to get around, but the transportation infrastructure isn’t keeping pace with city growth.

The long-term vision behind Gogoro is all around the battery. Gogoro hopes others will build products on top of the modular battery technology. They’re already talking about how the batteries a few years down the road could be used to serve as backup in server farms and commercial buildings.

“This company is not just about shipping vehicles but about starting a new industry and getting everybody rallied around smart energy,” exclaimed Luke. “We call it the smart scooter, not just the electric scooter. It’s connected, receiving, learning.”

The scooter can do a top speed of 60 Mph and can reach 0-30 in 4.2 seconds.