[quote]Another incentive to get an e-scooter … tax the gasoline powered high enough.
If you asked me, for stinking around down by my window, it should be 10 NT$ for every 5 minutes and for waking me up in the middle of the night, another 100NT$.[/quote]
Most modern tech faces this problem: the outdated, polluting crap is subsidized, or the externalities are paid for by the government.
Even so, it should still be possible for Gogoro to undercut the running cost of a gasoline scooter. As for top speed, I suspect city drivers won’t be that bothered: it’s torque and acceleration that matters for commuting.
True up to a point. Most of the e-scooters on the Taiwan market are crap. There are good ones (E-Moving are well-designed and use big LiFePO4 batteries) but for whatever reason, people still aren’t buying them.
Gogoro have a very specific target market. They’re not interested in Americans, or people who drive hundreds of km. They’re focusing on that (large) segment of the population who want a lower initial outlay and zero-hassle commute (and yes, 7kg is a lot to carry up the stairs every day if you’re a 45kg, 5-foot-nothing Taiwanese woman). Everyone else has other options available. They can even import a Brammo or a Zero if they like.