Gogoro, the mobility firm finest identified for its SmartScooters, revealed particulars about its new ebike model Eeyo in the present day. Eeyo will launch with two light-weight fashions, each powered by the SmartWheel, a self-contained hub designed by the corporate that integrates motors, batteries, sensors and sensible connectivity expertise.
Eeyo is the primary product that Gogoro will introduce within the United States, 9 years after it was based by HTC executives. The ebikes will go on sale there and in Taiwan, the place Gogoro relies, in July, and in Europe shortly afterward.
With greater than 300,000 clients, Gogoro’s SmartScooters and their charging stations are a typical sight in Taiwanese cities. Technology developed by the corporate, together with its light-weight rechargeable batteries, are additionally utilized in scooters made by Yamaha, Suzuki, Aeon and PGO. It plans to make Eeyo’s tech obtainable to manufacturing companions as properly.
Gogoro co-founder and CEO Horace Luke instructed TechCrunch that regardless that scooters are broadly utilized in many cities in Asia and Europe, they’re much less frequent within the U.S., so the corporate determined to make Eeyo its first American launch as a substitute of the SmartScooter.
The staff started planning Eeyo’s launch a yr in the past and regardless that they may not have anticipated it could occur throughout COVID-19, Luke mentioned the pandemic has created new demand for ebikes, a market that was already rising rapidly.
“At the second, use of public transportation is down and persons are very cautious about it. This is forcing folks to seek out other ways to get round,” mentioned Luke. “Lots of cities are very hilly, commutes are lengthy and with streets closed, automobiles usually are not as environment friendly as they was once. So there’s a large demand and the ebike market is blowing up.”
The firm started engaged on Eeyo about three years in the past, with the concept of making a “human-electric hybrid.”
“That appears like a elaborate means of claiming ‘e-bike’ till you experience what we made,” Luke mentioned. “It took a whole lot of time for us to create this venture. Instead of specializing in utility and the facility help to get someplace, we wished to create a unique paradigm. Thinking ‘I have to take my ebike to the grocery retailer’ isn’t often thrilling, however we wished to concentrate on agility and pleasure.”
Eeyo’s first ebike fashions, the 1 and 1s, have been designed with a particular consumer in thoughts: metropolis dwellers who need agile, quick bikes which are in a position to deal with tough terrain like hills. “I saved telling our staff, I need the bike to offer me the identical feeling I had once I was 18 and in a position to get someplace with out breaking right into a sweat. I wished to deliver that pleasure and pleasure again into using a two-wheeler to our clients.”
The Eeyo 1s and 1 weigh 26.Four kilos and 27.5 kilos, respectively, a lot lighter than many ebikes, which generally weigh 45 to 50 kilos. Its carbon fiber body was designed so riders can carry the bikes on their shoulder. They are charged both by snapping chargers round their hubs, or putting them on an elective stand charger.
Most of the expertise utilized in Gogoro’s SmartScooters, together with its batteries and charging stations, have been designed by the corporate’s engineers. SmartWheel, the important thing expertise behind Eeyo, was additionally developed in-house.
“What drives the mechanism for efficiency is our innovation, the SmartWheel,” mentioned Luke. “It is a hub-based motor, it has a battery and sensors in it, a pc system and a motor system.” That contains Gogoro’s Intelligent Power Assist system, which makes use of a torque sensor to detect how exhausting a rider is pedaling and calculate the quantity of help the bike wants to offer.
The SmartWheel additionally connects to the Eeyo app, which allows riders to watch their velocity and pedaling energy when their smartphones are mounted to the bike. It additionally downloads over-the-air firmware and software program updates for the bike, just like the Gogoro SmartScooter’s automated updates.
Both Eeyo fashions use the SmartWheel, have full carbon fiber frames and forks, and two using modes: “sport mode,” which responds to the rider’s pedaling and delivers about 40 miles of vary, or the gap the bike can be utilized to journey on one cost, and “Eco Mode,” which conserves battery energy by limiting energy help and might lengthen the ebike’s vary to 55 miles.
The Eeyo 1s is obtainable in a single shade, “heat white,” and its seat submit, handlebars and rims are additionally made out of full carbon fiber. It weighs 26.Four kilos and will likely be priced at $4,599. The Eeyo 1 is available in two colours, “cloud blue” and “lobster orange,” and makes use of alloy seat posts, handlebars and rims as a substitute. It weighs 27.5 kilos and can value $3,899.
Gogoro sees itself as a mobility platform enterprise that not solely manufactures automobiles, but additionally develops expertise for electrical automobiles and car sharing. Luke mentioned the corporate desires to supply its ebike expertise, together with the SmartWheel, to be used by different producers as a result of Gogoro “has by no means taken a one-size-fits-all method, even with our scooter enterprise. That is one cause we work with Yamaha, Suzuki, PGO, Aeon.”
Working with companions additionally furthers the corporate’s aim of getting extra electrical automobiles on the road and decreasing air pollution.
“We solely have X quantity of years to make modifications and if we get extra folks alongside us, we will make an enormous influence,” Luke added. “Other folks will construct completely different kind elements, ones which are extra leisure-like, extra targeted on utility, whereas we concentrate on sportiness, agility and enjoyable.”
Known for its electrical scooters, Gogoro strikes towards its future as a mobility platform