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Gogoro’s Eeyo 1s e-bike goes on sale in France, its first European market – TechCrunch

Gogoro introduced as we speak that its Eeyo 1s is now obtainable on the market in France, the sensible electrical bike’s first European market. One other mannequin, the Eeyo 1, will launch over the subsequent few months in France, Belgium, Monaco, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic.

In France, the Eeyo 1s will be bought by way of Fnac, Darty or, in Paris, Les Cyclistes Branchés. The Eeyo 1s is priced at €4699 together with VAT, whereas the the Eeyo 1 might be priced at €4599, additionally together with VAT.

The load of Eeyo bikes is one in every of their key promoting factors and Gogoro says they’re about half the load of most different e-bikes. The Eeyo 1s weighs 11.9 kg and the Eeyo 1 clocks in at 12.four kg.  Each have carbon fiber frames and forks, however the Eeyo 1s’ seat put up, handlebars and rims are additionally carbon fiber, whereas on the Eeyo 1 they’re made with an alloy.

Based mostly in Taiwan, Gogoro first launched its Eeyo lineup in Could. The e-bikes are the corporate’s second sort of car after its SmartScooters, electrical scooters which can be powered by swappable batteries. The Eeyo bike’s key expertise is the SmartWheel, a self-contained hub that integrates its motor, battery, sensor and sensible connectivity expertise so it may be paired with a smartphone app.

In an interview for the Eeyo’s launch, Gogoro co-founder and chief government Horace Luke mentioned the corporate started planning for Eeyo’s launch in 2019, earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic. Whereas sale of e-bikes have been already rising steadily earlier than COVID-19, the pandemic has accelerated sales of e-bikes as folks keep away from public transportation and keep nearer to house. A number of cities have additionally closed some streets to automobile site visitors, making riders extra keen to make use of bikes for brief commutes and train.

Based in 2011 and backed by traders together with Temasek, Sumitomo Company, Panasonic, the Nationwide Improvement Fund of Taiwan and Era (the sustainable tech fund led by former vice chairman Al Gore), Gogoro is greatest identified for its electrical scooters, however additionally it is engaged on a turnkey resolution for energy-efficient autos to license to different corporations, with the purpose of decreasing carbon emissions in cities world wide.

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Catherine Shu