Gogoro To Launch Its Trendy Viva Electric Scooter In India?

  • May 18, 2021
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Hero MotoCorp recently partnered with Gogoro to develop a battery-swapping infrastructure for its EVs here in India
  • The Gogoro Viva e-scooter was unveiled in 2019.
  • It’s powered by a 3kW hub motor.
  • It has a claimed range of 85km.
  • Features include a digital instrument cluster and LED lights at both ends.
  • Taiwan-based battery-swapping infrastructure provider Gogoro had first unveiled its Viva e-scooter back in 2019. While it’s only available overseas as of now, we may have missed out on a small but important detail. The company had filed a trademark for the e-scooter in India in 2019. So, does that mean Gogoro could come to the country? 

    Ola’s prodigious plans to enter the electric market may have set off a domino effect. The increasing competition pushed Hero MotoCorp to take a bold step -- join hands with Gogoro to develop a battery-swapping infrastructure for its own EVs. The terms of the collaboration state that the Taiwan-based company would only help develop batteries and set up a battery-swapping ecosystem. However, recent developments make us think otherwise. 

    The Viva is a trendy little scooter with a lot going for it -- minimalistic design, a boatload of features, and a claimed range of 85km. Once set up, these battery-swapping stations will only add to the package, considering you’d be able to easily swap an old battery for a fresh one in seconds. That’s not only convenient but environmentally friendly too. Not to mention, range anxiety wouldn’t be a problem anymore. 

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    The scooter may look pretty basic on the surface, but it gets several modern features. This includes LED lights at both ends, a small smartphone-enabled digital instrument cluster, two ride modes, hazard lights, a side-stand cut off switch, regenerative braking, AVAS low speed alert, and keyless ignition. 

    Its 3kW hub motor can deliver 115Nm of peak torque and a range of up to 85km at 30kmph. The scooter is pretty light too, weighing in at just 80kg kerb, 15kg less than the TVS Scooty Pep Plus. An accessible seat height of just 740mm is perfect for shorter riders. 

    Besides, Hero's first electric scooter will most likely be the e-Maestro, a family-oriented scooter. The Gogoro Viva, on the other hand, could be positioned as a fun ride meant for the youth. It surely has got all the ingredients for a perfect offering here in India. The question is, however, would it be sold alongside the Hero’s electric scooter? 

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