Remember we read about Taiwan’s Gogoro Smartscooters with swappable batteries? Well, Hero MotoCorp and Gogoro have announced a strategic partnership to establish a battery swapping network in India. The official statement from both companies suggests that Hero might introduce Hero-branded Gogoro Smartscooters in the country.
Hero MotoCorp Chairman & CEO Pawan Munjal had the following to say —
This partnership will further extend the work, which we are doing at our R&D hubs at the Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur & our Tech Centre in Germany. The vision and commitment of Hero and Gogoro are perfectly aligned towards the common goal of accelerating the shift to smart, sustainable electric mobility in India, and around the world. With this new partnership, we commit to introducing a sustainable mobility paradigm, first in India and then in other markets around the world.
6. ~60% of the world’s population is expected to live in a city by 2030. Can cities handle the impending influx of residents, their mobility needs, and the energy needs of the city? The Gogoro Network can help balance the grid in real-time keeping costs down and everyone moving. pic.twitter.com/epYEyTdNCt
— Gogoro (@WeAreGogoro) February 22, 2021
Gogoro has ~2,000 battery swapping stations in Taiwan and claims to have facilitated more than 174 million battery swaps to date.
We are at a critical stage in the transformation of urban mobility and the evolution of smart cities. With more than 225 million gas-powered two-wheelers in India, the need for smart and sustainable electric transportation and refueling is vital. The Hero-Gogoro partnership addresses these challenges and will leverage Hero’s market strength and Gogoro’s industry-leading innovations to deliver smart vehicles and refueling with Gogoro Network battery swapping. – Horace Luke, Founder & CEO, Gogoro Inc