I used GoShare for the entire month of October, mostly as a trial run to determine if I want to buy a Gogoro. I do have my own gas-powered scooter which I might have used twice during the month. Here’s a breakdown:
Number of times rented: 51
Total amount spent: $1,598
Average cost per rental: $31.3
I probably saved about $400 on gasoline. I also saved on maintenance and wear on my own scooter.
That above savings is offset by the cost of my parking space at work, $300/month, which went unused (can’t park GoShare there).
So, if I bought a new Gogoro (assuming a price of $60,000 after the rebates) it would take 3 years to pay for at my GoShare usage of $1,600/month. And that doesn’t include the monthly cost of the battery plan.
So, I feel the $1,600 was worth it to try out Gogoro. Plus, I get to drive a new scooter–and pat myself on the back for being green
I tried WeMo in Taipei for the first time on Sunday. It works pretty much like GoShare. The scooters are smaller and less powerful, but they still worked fine. By the way, GoShare has added their new Viva model in the mix of rentals, which are very much like the WeMo bikes.
Comparisons: I like that WeMo has various usage plans in addition to the per minute charge. I don’t like that the seat compartment can only be opened using your phone. I like that the helmets have visors, but the GoShare’s helmets seem stronger and safer. I like that you can replace the GoShare’s batteries at any Gogoro station; for WeMo you must park the bike and try to get another if the battery is too low.