Gogoro unveils Eeyo, its new ebike model – TechCrunch
Gogoro, the mobility firm greatest identified for its SmartScooters, revealed particulars about its new e-bike model Eeyo as we speak. 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 know-how.
Eeyo is the primary product that Gogoro will introduce in the US, 9 years after it was based by HTC executives. The e-bikes 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 standard sight in Taiwanese cities. Expertise 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 accessible to manufacturing companions as properly.
Gogoro co-founder and CEO Horace Luke advised TechCrunch that regardless that scooters are extensively 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 an alternative of the SmartScooter.
The workforce started planning Eeyo’s launch a yr in the past, and regardless that they may not have anticipated it might occur throughout COVID-19, Luke stated the pandemic has created new demand for e-bikes, a market that was already growing quickly.
“In the intervening time, use of public transportation is down and individuals are very cautious about it. That is forcing folks to seek out alternative routes to get round,” stated Luke. “Loads of cities are very hilly, commutes are lengthy and with streets closed, automobiles are usually not as environment friendly as they was once. So there’s a enormous demand and the e-bike market is blowing up.”
The corporate started engaged on Eeyo about three years in the past, with the thought of making a “human-electric hybrid.”
“That seems like a flowery approach of claiming ‘e-bike’ till you trip what we made,” Luke stated. “It took a whole lot of time for us to create this mission. As an alternative of specializing in utility and the facility help to get someplace, we wished to create a special paradigm. Pondering ‘I have to take my e-bike to the grocery retailer’ isn’t normally thrilling, however we wished to give attention to agility and pleasure.”
Eeyo’s first e-bike fashions, the 1 and 1s, have been designed with a particular person in thoughts: metropolis dwellers who need agile, quick bikes which are in a position to deal with difficult terrain, like hills. “I saved telling our workforce, I would like 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 carry that pleasure and pleasure again into driving a two-wheeler to our clients.”
The Eeyo 1s and 1 weigh 26.4 kilos and 27.5 kilos, respectively, a lot lighter than many e-bikes, which usually weigh 45 to 50 kilos. Its carbon-fiber body was designed so riders can carry the bikes on their shoulder. They’re charged both by snapping chargers round their hubs, or inserting them on an non-obligatory stand charger.
A lot of the know-how utilized in Gogoro’s SmartScooters, together with its batteries and charging stations, have been designed by the corporate’s engineers. SmartWheel, the important thing know-how behind Eeyo, was additionally developed in-house.
“What drives the mechanism for efficiency is our innovation, the SmartWheel,” stated Luke. “It’s a hub-based motor, it has a battery and sensors in it, a pc system and a motor system.” That features Gogoro’s Clever Energy Help system, which makes use of a torque sensor to detect how onerous a rider is pedaling to calculate the quantity of help the bike wants to offer.
The SmartWheel additionally connects to the Eeyo app, which allows riders to observe 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, much like the Gogoro SmartScooter’s computerized updates.
Each Eeyo fashions use the SmartWheel, have full carbon-fiber frames and forks, and two driving modes: “sport mode,” which responds to the rider’s pedaling and delivers about 40 miles of vary, or the space the bike can be utilized to journey on one cost, and “Eco Mode,” which conserves battery energy by limiting energy help and may prolong the e-bike’s vary to 55 miles.
The Eeyo 1s is on the market in a single shade, “heat white,” and its seat put up, handlebars and rims are additionally made out of full carbon fiber. It weighs 26.4 kilos and will probably 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 an alternative. It weighs 27.5 kilos and can price $3,899.
Gogoro sees itself as a mobility platform enterprise that not solely manufactures autos, but in addition develops know-how for electrical autos and automobile sharing. Luke stated the corporate needs to supply its e-bike know-how, 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’s one motive we work with Yamaha, Suzuki, PGO, Aeon.”
Working with companions additionally furthers the corporate’s aim of getting extra electrical autos on the road and decreasing air pollution.
“We solely have X quantity of years to make adjustments and if we get extra folks alongside us, we are able to make an enormous affect,” Luke added. “Different folks will construct completely different type elements, ones which are extra leisure-like, extra targeted on utility, whereas we give attention to sportiness, agility and enjoyable.”