The company announced a plan to take its all electric scooters and their energy network to Europe in the coming year. Amsterdam is the first city to take this on.
To fund this scooter plan, the company raised $130 million in funding from many investors, including Taiwan’s National Development Fund and the technology giant, Panasonic (who last invested in Tesla motors.)
This money will fuel the European expansion, starting mainly with the Netherlands. Amsterdam’s Chief Technology Officer, Ger Baron, says, “Amsterdam is widely considered a forward thinking global leader in smart city innovation and we are excited to be welcoming Gogoro to Amsterdam as a participant in Amsterdam’s Smart City Experience Lab and as Gogoro’s first European market.” In other words, Amsterdam is welcoming Gogoro with open arms.
Yes, Amsterdam is widely considered a forward thinking global leader in smart city innovations, just as Baron says. They are known for having more bicycles than people, or one person having more than one bike. Sometimes, however, pedal bikes don’t suit all of the residents of Amsterdam. But, even though cars are always an option for them, the city is short on parking already. These scooters are here to fill the gaps.
Before actually setting the scooter system loose in Amsterdam, it is scheduled to be showcased at Amsterdam’s Smart City Innovation Lab. Until it is fully accessible to the public, the company will also set up a Gogoro Experience center. This will make it easier for customers get just the right model to suit their needs, as they will be able to test the scooters there.
But the final question is, after this is a successful event in Amsterdam, where will Gogoro go next?