Panasonic is set to make advancements in green energy technology
over the next years by developing innovative technologies that can
create, store and manage energy.
Panasonic is the top electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturer in
the world and have teamed up Toyota and
Tesla Motors. At CES 2015 in Las Vegas, it was
announced Panasonic's batteries will also be used to power
Gogoro's electric scooters.
In heavily populated cities, many people use scooters for
transportation because they are fuel-efficient and easier to use on
congested roads. However scooters emit CO2 and other toxic
chemicals, and they require fuel which can be costly to run.
Gogoro's new smart scooters aim to change the way that scooter
riders use, consume and experience energy.
The Gogoro smart scooter is a sleek-looking, high powered and
emission-free scooter built for people in highly-populated cities.
They are powered by the same Panasonic cylindrical lithium-ion
18650 batteries used in Tesla's Model S cars.
The battery is compact in size, fitting into the palm of your
hand, and can power the scooter all the way up to 100 KM/H whilst
sending live data from the 25 battery sensors to the cloud.
The lithium-ion batteries have more than a 60 mile range and when
the rider is ready to swap their two batteries in the scooter, they
are directed to the nearest charging station through the Gogoro
app. The battery charging stations are the same size as an ATM
machine, and when the scooter battery is swapped for a new one, it
will be running again in a few seconds.
All Gogoro stations will be synced to determine battery supply at
each station and demand can be met at popular locations. Usage
behaviours of regular users will also be stored by the charging
stations - if a rider travels at faster speeds, they will be given
more powerful batteries when they swap them.
Charging stations will also work with a city's electricity
demands. Batteries will be charged in hours when energy isn't in
such high demand. Gogoro sees this development as an attempt to
offset energy demand spikes in big cities, which can lead to power
Gogoro is looking to bring its scooters to overseas markets this