Yamaha has partnered with Taiwan-based Gogoro to create zero-emission scooters and battery replacement technology.
As part of the Yamaha Environmental Plan 2050, the Japanese manufacturer has partnered with Gogoro to create a zero-emission model. The Taiwan-based brand has extensive expertise in battery switching technology and infrastructure, and combined with Yamaha’s technical knowledge, the relationship can only rise to greater heights.
Gogoro provides battery-switching services for eco-friendly vehicles such as scooters and motorcycles in China, India and parts of Southeast Asia. It announced its merger with Hong Kong-based Poema last September, with Gogoro valued at about 35 2.35 billion. Last year, Gogoro Hero announced a partnership with MotoCorp for battery switching technology and EV development.
Heroes have access to intellectual features such as drives, controllers, components, smart systems, etc. driven by the Gogoro network program. Back in Yamaha, its EMF scooter will be available with an LED light function for improved safety and visibility, as well as a large TFT instrument cluster with battery swapping technology and navigation and other features.
Also, the remote control option via smartphone enables an easy task of turning the electric scooter on and off. GoGoro offers battery swaps for a total of 47 models under its own network, including 10,918 GoStations in 2,276 locations in Taiwan, with an estimated 2.5 million battery switches per day.
Yamaha launched its first zero-emission scooter, the EC-05, in 2019 and is based on the Gogoro 2 model design. It has a top speed of 90 kmph and the claimed ride range stands at 110 kmph on a single charge. The range of the upcoming EMF is expected to be larger than EC-05. For India, Yamaha recently unveiled the Neo’s and E01 electric scooters at the launch of the MT-15 V2 and R15M 60th Anniversary Edition.
Neo’s is expected to launch in India next year, but its specification for Europe suggests otherwise. The E01 is a promising competitor with a power close to that of a 125cc scooter Mainstream brands like Hero MotoCorp, Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha are looking to enter the Indian EV space with new products where Bajaj and TVS already have a presence with every e-scooter.