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Gogoro Electric Smartscooter

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Two ex-HTC executives -- former Chief Innovation Officer Horace Luke and former Chief Technologist Matthew Taylor -- have launched the Taiwanese startup Gogoro, whose revolutionary Smartscooter aims to change the way commuters get around in the city. Instead of having to charge the electric two-wheeler, a depleted battery can be swapped out for a fresh one, available through an interconnected citywide system of battery vending machines called GoStations. An accompanying app for both Android and iOS allows the rider to adjust vehicle settings, including adaptive throttle control and customized regenerative braking, as well as the ability to track ride details and the amount of juice left in your battery. Speaking of which, the range is 60 miles on a full charge, and the Smartscooter can go from 0-31 mph in 4.2 seconds before maxing out at 60 mph. Check out an introductory video below, then head over to the Gogoro site for more information.

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