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Gogoro tries to bring the sexy back with its Smartscooter

The start-up, founded by former HTC executives, believes the scooter is the start of a new way for big cities to utilize power.

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Meet Gogoro's Smartscooter
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Meet Gogoro's Smartscooter

Gogoro's first product is the battery-powered Smartscooter, designed with the same kind of principles that led to the creation of sleek HTC phones.

See more of the Gogoro Scooter at CES 2015.

If looks could kill
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If looks could kill

Gogoro is attempting to add some sex appeal to the Smartscooter, which is carved out of a sheet of aluminum.

Custom-designed parts
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Custom-designed parts

To ensure the most efficient and sleekest-looking motor scooter, the Gogoro team custom designed many parts. The company runs a 256,000 square-foot facility that builds the parts itself.

Not just smart in name
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Not just smart in name

The Smartscooter features 30 sensors on the bike to detect motion, optimal driving speed or when you have an accident.

Total control on the phone
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Total control on the phone

Drivers can check on their Smartscooter from their smartphone app, and the app even allows them to tweak the look and color of the dashboard.

The GoStation
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The GoStation

Gogoro plans to deploy GoStations with batteries around a city. If a scooter is low on power, the driver can drop by and exchange the battery for a fresh one. Rather than pay for gas, the company plans to charge a monthly fee.

Sturdy GoStation kiosks
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Sturdy GoStation kiosks

The GoStations are designed to be as large as a vending machine, but tough enough to withstand abuse. Drivers with a Gogoro account utilize an NFC key to unlock a fresh battery.

Time to burn rubber
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Time to burn rubber

The folks at Gogoro know that people won't be interested unless the Smartscooter can perform. The company boasts that the scooter accelerates faster than anything in its class.

See more of the Gogoro Scooter at CES 2015.

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