Gogoro has just announced the launch of its electric scooter rental service for the city of Paris.
While Cityscoot has already existed for a while on the capital, the Taiwanese firm Gogoro is also attacking the market of the self-service scooter. A launch in partnership with Bosch, which will compete with French since 2014.
With the green and black colors, these new smartscooter should quickly be spotted since the fleet will be composed of 600 vehicles at launch. One can imagine, however, that it will soon be expanded.
A similar operation
Like Cityscoot, the latter work with removable batteries. They are replaced by different vehicles that keep them recharged throughout the day.
The principle is simple: Using the application, you locate an available scooter to unlock it. Once you have put the helmet at your disposal, you go to your destination (intramural Paris) and drop the scooter in a specific area to make the check-out. The application then debits you the amount of your race. A system that promises to be inexpensive since Cityscoot charges 0.28 euro per minute. You will need to have at least the BSR (or driver’s license) if you were born after December 31, 1987.
It remains to see the added value brought by Gogoro. Indeed, the French ensures each of its users through a partnership with Allianz and even offers initiations to conducting 30 minutes with certified trainers. The Taiwanese could for example play even more downward on prices. Business to follow, but given the success of Uber and others, the potential client’s windfall is very important.