What puts me off with Gogoro, etc. they use their proprietary batteries and add some DRM nonsense. You can’t just plug it in into the wall with the right voltage/amps, you need their overpriced chargers. And still pay their monthly plan or you can not ride your own scooter!
The next printer ink, coffee pods, bullshit.
There is a standard for mobile phone chargers, why not make one for electric vehicles.
Yep, that’s a huge drawback with gogoro et al. Now think of them going bankrupt, and one not being able to charge one’s own scooter any more. This held me from buying for quite some time, until I really needed a new scooter and was simply not willing to go non-electric.
From technology point of view, I do understand why the manufacturer in these specific two cases of gogoro and ionex wants (or even: needs, for their business model to work) to control the batteries and even their (home) charging. The batteries are not even owned by the user by the way, but by the gogoro network.
From the user point of view, I’d very much prefer an open system, especially if I charge at home anyway. Alas, it seems currently no electric scooters with halfways decent specs are available as truly open systems. Waiting…
@slawa I’m trying to register right now. It says I need an ID card, Driver’s License, and credit card, like GoShare. However, it won’t let me go past that page unless I click the Facebook or Google+ buttons. Are you required to link to one of these?
It was very fast for me. I submitted everything at 4:00PM, got an email back at 4:25PM that my account had been approved and ready to go. I like that they have different usage plans in addition to the flat rate, something that GoShare doesn’t have (yet?).