Taiwan-based battery station company Gogoro and Asia’s largest mobile on-demand provider Gojek have announced a strategic partnership to revolutionize motorbike and scooter transportation in Indonesia.
To start the project, Gojek and Gogoro will establish four battery swap stations called GoStations in selected Pertamina gas stations. They will also launch 250 Gogoro Smartscooters in Jakarta, with plans to expand to 5,000 units in the future.
“One of the greatest challenges of our time, in Indonesia and around the world, is transforming our urban transportation into a new generation of smart and sustainable electric two-wheel vehicles that are accessible and people can embrace. Together with Gojek, and the Indonesian government’s support, we are on a path to making this happen,” said Horace Luke, founder and CEO, Gogoro.
Luke explains that battery swapping is a novel approach to electric fueling that opens the door for two-wheel vehicle manufacturers to create new electric vehicles that are fast, safe, and simple to charge.
As the world’s third-biggest two-wheel vehicle market, Indonesia has seen 7 million vehicles sold each year for the last few years. With less than 3% EV penetration, it is one of the most underutilized electric vehicle markets in the world.
In Southeast Asia, about 3.5 million passenger or commercial vehicles and 4 million motorcycles or scooters were sold every year before COVID-19. This, in addition to the region’s growing middle class, motivates global businesses to invest in local vehicle and battery manufacturing.
Furthermore, the region will also see electric vehicles outsell conventional cars by 2035, according to Maybank Kim Eng. However, Nikkei Asia reports that slow adoption could be due to a lack of clear policies and regional coordination.
Gojek’s collaboration with the Gojek x Gogoro project is consistent with the company’s environmental initiatives and efforts to decrease its carbon footprint. In April, Gojek released its first Sustainability Report, which outlined its plans to become carbon-neutral by 2030 and transform its fleet to entirely electric cars.
“By combining Gojek’s wide reach in Indonesia with Gogoro’s capabilities, we will be able to accelerate change and share the benefits of electric vehicles with more driver-partners and consumers. This represents a significant step towards our goal of fully electrifying our fleet of vehicles by 2030 and achieving a zero-emissions future,” said Kevin Aluwi, co-founder and CEO, Gojek.