AutoBiz: Hero MotoCorp Collabs with Taiwan’s Gogoro for EV Tech
The two Asian mega corporations collaborated to set up an electric vehicle infrastructure in the country of India
A few weeks ago, India’s Hero MotoCorp collaborated with Taiwan’s Gogoro to build up an electric vehicles’ infrastructure in India. For those unversed, Gogoro is prominent in Taiwan for its battery swapping technology and Hero MotoCorp hopes to establish the same technology in the nation of India. Using Gogoro’s technology, the Indian motorcycle manufacturer will also try its best to launch new electric vehicles in the country.
In 2015, Gogoro introduced its first Smartscooter and since then, the company has collaborated with several other two-wheeler manufacturers such as Yamaha, PGO, and A-Motor to produce more electric scooters using its own technology and brand name. Moving on to the battery swapping platform of Gogoro, the company’s batteries and charging stations are directly linked to the cloud service of Gogoro Network. The Network continuously monitors the condition of the batteries and operates the pace of the charging.
So far, the Taiwanese tech giant has deployed 2,000 charging stations in its own country and exercises around 2,65,000 battery swapping in a single day. That’s not all, as the company has over 3,75,000 riders in Taiwan and most of them rely on Gogoro’s smartphone app to detect the nearest battery swapping station.
On the recent joint venture between the two parties, the Chairman and CEO of Hero MotoCorp DrPawanMunjal said to Autocar India, “Our strategic partnership with Gogoro is in line with our Vision – ‘Be the Future of Mobility’ which we are bringing alive through our Mission to ‘Create, Collaborate & Inspire’. Today marks another major milestone in our journey, as we bring Hero’s leadership in two-wheelers, our global scale and innovation powerhouse, with the leadership of Gogoro in swapping business models, as they have demonstrated over the years in Taiwan and the rest of the world. This partnership will further extend the work, which we are doing at our R&D hubs at the Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur & our Tech Centre in Germany.”
Last but not least, the founder and CEO of Gogoro, Horace Luke also reflected on the union saying, “With over 225 million gas-powered two-wheel vehicles in India, the need for smart and sustainable electric transportation and refuelling is vital. The Hero-Gogoro partnership addresses these challenges and will leverage Hero’s market strength and Gogoro’s industry-leading innovations to deliver smart vehicles and refuel with Gogoro Network battery swapping.”