GOJEK X GOGORO: CREATING AN ECOSYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE USE
Gogoro, a Taiwanese electric motorcycle manufacturer and battery swab technology provider, is eyeing Gojek and creating an EV ecosystem in Indonesia.
Gojek, a Southeast Asia's leading on-demand platform, and Gogoro, a leading global technology company in the battery swap ecosystem that supports sustainable urban mobility, announced a strategic partnership to accelerate the adoption of two-wheeled electric vehicles in Indonesia. This strategic collaboration brings together two of Asia's most innovative technology companies that focus on sustainability and are committed to bringing about a new era of urban transportation.
The partnership between Gojek (a GoTo Group company) and Gogoro currently covers two main areas of cooperation. First, the GoTo Group's investment in Gogoro through the Private Investment in Public Equity (PIPE) scheme; second, Gojek, Gogoro, and Pertamina through a battery swap pilot scheme and the Gogoro Smartscooter vehicle trial in Jakarta.
“One of the biggest challenges in Indonesia and around the world today is the effort to transform our urban transportation mode into a new generation mode of transportation, which utilizes two-wheeled electric vehicles that are smart, sustainable, and accessible and accepted by the wider community. Together with Gojek and with the support of the Indonesian government, we are on the right track to make this happen," said Horace Luke, Founder and CEO of Gogoro.
“Battery swap from Gogoro is the latest innovation in electric refueling. We present an open platform to support two-wheeler manufacturers in introducing electric vehicles that can refuel quickly, safely, and are easy to use.”
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“The partnership between Gojek and Gogoro unites two companies with the same vision and thought for adopting electric vehicles as the preferred mode of transportation in Indonesia. This ambition can only be achieved through the cooperation of various stakeholders. Therefore, partnerships like this are critical if we want to realize our goal of reorganizing transportation modes within the city," said Kevin Aluwi, Co-Founder and CEO of Gojek.
"By combining Gojek's broad reach in Indonesia and Gogoro's capabilities, we can accelerate change and share the benefits of electric vehicles with more driver-partners and consumers. This is a real step for Gojek to become a carbon-neutral platform and transition to 100% two-wheel electric vehicles by 2030.”
Gojek x Gogoro trial
Based in Jakarta, the Gojek and Gogoro trials will feature 250 Gogoro Smartscooters and four GoStation swap battery stations, which will be located at Pertamina gas stations. The two companies plan to increase 5,000 electric two-wheeled vehicles and bring in more swap battery stations.
Gogoro has become a global innovation leader in compact electric propulsion, battery design, battery swapping, and advanced cloud services that leverage artificial intelligence to manage battery availability and security. At the heart of the Gogoro ecosystem is the Gogoro Network, a highly efficient battery swap platform recognized by Guidehouse Insights as the world's leading urban light vehicle swap battery company. With more than 400,000 riders and 2,100 battery swap stations, the Gogoro network has served 270,000 daily swap batteries with more than 250 million total battery swaps.
In addition to the Gogoro Network, in 2015, Gogoro also launched the Gogoro Smartscooter, the world's first award-winning innovative two-wheeled electric vehicle. In 2019, Gogoro Network developed the Powered by Gogoro Network Program (PBGN), which gives Gogoro's vehicle manufacturing partners access to Gogoro's innovations, including its intelligent drivetrain and controllers components and intelligent systems, so that they can develop and launch electric vehicles, which is unique and integrated with the Gogoro battery swap network.
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Gogoro collaborated with Enel X and Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) to develop a bidirectional charging service through a battery swab system. This feature allows TaiPower to take the GoStation to provide electricity when electricity demand increases at certain hours.
The Gojek and Gogoro trials are also in line with Gojek's sustainability goals and ongoing efforts to reduce the carbon footprint. In April this year, Gojek launched the first Sustainability Report, explaining Gojek's target to achieve Zero Emissions by 2030, including its plan to transition 100% of its two-wheeled fleet to electric vehicles. As part of this plan, Gojek is actively looking to develop a comprehensive electric vehicle ecosystem by leveraging technology to overcome the barriers to usage faced by driver-partners and ensure consumers have an optimal experience.
GoTo investment in Gogoro
In September 2021, GoTo invested in PIPE funding in connection with the business combination of Gogoro and Poema Global Holdings Corp. This transaction is targeted for completion in early 2022. GoTo is the largest technology group in Indonesia and the “go-to” ecosystem for everyday life consisting of the largest on-demand platform (Gojek), the largest e-commerce platform in Indonesia (Tokopedia), and a leading payment and financial service (GoTo Financial).
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The Indonesian government has recently been aggressively pursuing electric vehicles. However, many criticize because the approach taken is mostly only on four-wheeled products. Two wheels are under the shadow of the sexy issue of carbon reduction. However, the volume of two-wheeled vehicles is quite large.
Regarding EV products, the two-wheeler has a more friendly technology to the existing industry, namely the battery swab capability. In addition to Gogoro, which has implemented swab technology, several well-known two-wheel manufacturers such as Honda, Yamaha, Piaggio and KTM have also collaborated to use battery swab technology to be used together.
The use of swab technology is interesting because, unlike cars which have to be developed together with chassis technology and electronic devices, the batteries in EV bikes are separate. This opens up the opportunity for various manufacturers to design multiple vehicles with the same shape and battery capabilities.
In addition, product penetration on EV bikes is better. First, the price is affordable, not as expensive as a car. This is also what makes the population of electric motorcycles grow faster. Second, it can be modified. Conventional motors can be changed by using electric motors, and various workshops in Indonesia have come up with various creations at this time.
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