Globe’s 917Ventures and Ayala Corporation have teamed up with Taiwanese firm Gogoro to launch electric two-wheel scooters in the Philippines in the first quarter of 2023.
Gogoro’s Smartscooters will serve as an eco-friendly alternative to fossil fuel-powered vehicles currently used by the logistics and last-mile delivery industry.
Gogoro Smartscooter users can quickly swap depleted batteries for fully-charged ones in seconds.
917Ventures managing director Vince Yamat said the partnership aims to reduce the use of fossil fuel by the country’s logistics industry which is known to release significantly more emissions per vehicle per day than consumer riding.
“We are committed to help address the climate crisis by introducing Gogoro to logistics businesses, helping them in their sustainability efforts. In addition, because of the Swap & Go technology that enables riders to be fully charged in just seconds, we hope Gogoro will also help address hesitations surrounding charging electric vehicles and even finding parking slots. Hopefully, this technology will encourage more Filipinos to switch to EV,” Yamat said.
Jaime Alfonso Zobel de Ayala, head of Business Development and Innovation at Ayala Corp., meanwhile, said the partnership was in line with the Department of Energy’s thrust to transition towards cleaner technologies.
” We are excited to contribute to a high-quality consortium focused on enhancing mobility through sustainable solutions, which align with our broader decarbonization and digital transformation ambitions,” he said.
Patrick Aquino, director of the Department of Energy’s Energy Utilization Management Bureau, said Taiwan has an incredibly high scooter density compared to the rest of the world, and it’s very encouraging to see its positive response to the Gogoro Network.
“More than 25 percent of their quick commerce deliveries and almost all of their electric deliveries are powered by battery-swapping technology, and we see this solution will be most beneficial to a densely populated region like Metro Manila, which is also the hub of business districts. The success of this pilot will pave the way for a new sustainable business model in other cities in the country as well,” he said, adding that the Philippines can learn from Taiwan’s experience.
In Taiwan, Gogoro has over 11,000 battery swapping stations at more than 2,260 locations. With over one million batteries in circulation the number of GoStations has already surpassed the number of gas stations in Taiwan’s major cities, making Gogoro battery swapping the de facto standard for electric two-wheel refueling in Taiwan.
The Gogoro Network has more than 520,000 riders that perform more than 370,000 battery swaps per day.