Taiwan-based EV maker and service provider Gogoro recently announced a partnership with the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp. As per the said alliance, Hero branded electric bikes and scooters would be coming to India and Gogoro will have a key role in this as it will be assisting the entire infrastructure with its quite famous battery swapping technology. Under the said partnership, the EVs will not only be developed but also marketed by Hero MotoCorp. Gogoro will benefit here as it will be having the advantage of Hero MotoCorp’s massive retail channel, which is one of the biggest for any two-wheeler OEM in India. From what it looks like, Gogoro will be responsible for laying the battery swapping infrastructure across the country after which Hero MotoCorp would be launching electric scooters. Also, there is a big possibility that the latter’s very own e-Maestro will arrive as the first offering under this partnership.
The said model was snapped sometime back at the company’s R&D facility, better known as the Center of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Now, interestingly, Gogoro had already trademarked its Viva electric scooter in India and the same happened almost two years back. This gives rise to the possibility that the company must be planning to enter India sometime back. Also, as the name has already been registered and the same is valid till the year 2029, there is also a good chance that the Gogoro Viva might be launched in India. Apart from this name, the Taiwan-based company had also trademarked ‘Gogoro Network’ and this might well be the name of the brand’s upcoming battery swapping infrastructure under the alliance.
With the aforementioned JV in place, the Gogoro Viva might be retailed via Hero MotoCorp dealerships going forward and the same might get Hero branding as well. Now, speaking of the product, the Gogoro Viva electric scooter gets a funky design language with an all-LED lighting system along with bits like a digital instrument cluster with smartphone connectivity, two riding modes and also, keyless ignition. The Viva comes with a claimed range of 85 km which is at par with some of the premium electric scooters in India like Ather 450X, Bajaj Chetak and the TVS iQube. So, looks like Hero would be bringing its own family-oriented electric scooter in the form of the e-Maestro, while the youngsters might be able to check out the Gogoro Viva within the same dealership.
But all these are speculations as of now and the reality will get unfold only in the coming months. Stay tuned!
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