Gogoro to establish battery swapping infrastructure and manufacturing facility in Maharashtra
Delhi : Gogoro, a prominent player in the electric vehicle (EV) industry, has recently announced its plans to set up a battery swapping infrastructure and a manufacturing facility in Maharashtra, India by the end of this year. The company aims to establish a vast network of 12,000 battery swapping stations across the state over the next few years. These stations will serve as convenient locations where EV owners can efficiently exchange their depleted batteries with fully charged ones, eliminating the need for time-consuming recharging.
Expansion into the Indian Market
Gogoro made its foray into the Indian market last year with its innovative battery-swapping network. The company also collaborated with Zypp Electric for a pilot project and received homologation for its 2 Series electric scooter range in India. Horace Luke, Founder and CEO of Gogoro, expressed his enthusiasm about the partnership with the Maharashtra government, stating their intention to introduce Gogoro vehicles, smart batteries, and swap stations in India, beginning with the state of Maharashtra. The company aims to replicate the success of its open battery swapping network model, which has supported multiple vehicle manufacturers in Taiwan.
Maharashtra's EV Infrastructure Leadership
Maharashtra currently leads all states in India in terms of the number of public EV charging stations. Among the 8,735 EV charging stations nationwide, Maharashtra alone offers 2,354 locations. With the addition of Gogoro's battery swapping infrastructure, Maharashtra is poised to become a frontrunner in providing comprehensive charging solutions for EV owners.
Future Prospects and Electric Two-Wheeler Launch
In addition to its battery swapping services, Gogoro is expected to introduce its own line of electric two-wheelers. Eknath Shinde, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, expressed his optimism about Gogoro's technology, emphasizing its potential to revolutionize urban transportation. The company aims to produce two-wheel EVs that leverage its advanced battery swap technology. Gogoro has received financial incentives and other crucial support from the Maharashtra government, paving the way for a paradigm shift in urban mobility.
The 2 Series Electric Scooter
Gogoro previously showcased its 2 Series electric scooter, which features a swappable battery pack. The scooter offers a range of up to 85 km on the standard version and up to 94 km on the Plus version. The electric motor delivers peak power of 7.2 kW (9.6 bhp) on the Standard version and 6.4 kW (8.5 bhp) on the Plus version.
Gogoro's plans to establish a battery swapping infrastructure and manufacturing facility in Maharashtra, India signify a significant advancement in the country's EV ecosystem. The extensive network of swapping stations will provide EV owners with convenient and efficient charging solutions, while the local manufacturing facility demonstrates Gogoro's commitment to domestic growth and market expansion. With the support of the Maharashtra government, Gogoro aims to revolutionize urban mobility and promote sustainable transportation in India.