Taiwan-based Gogoro popularized the concept of electric scooters using removable battery packs. Now German electronic giant Bosch is partnering with the startup to add a sharing service aspect to the platform. The new project is called ‘Coup’ and the company launched the initiative in Berlin today.
The company is starting with a fairly large fleet of 200 ‘eScooters’.
Bosch explains the project:
“To start with, 200 connected eScooters will be available in the Berlin neighborhoods of Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, and Kreuzberg. They have a maximum speed of 45 kph so that everyone over 21 holding a car or motorcycle driving licence can use them. The storage compartment under the seat fits one helmet and two swappable batteries. In the future, a second helmet will be provided. The eScooters have a range of around 100 kilometers. Customers will not have to worry about recharging – Coup will handle this for them. The pricing model is based on a flat-rate fee which charges 3 euros for 30 minutes or 20 euros for the whole day. The service is accessed via an accompanying app, whose intuitive interface makes it simple to find, book, and pay for a scooter. Even opening the helmet box is controlled by smartphone, which is connected to the eScooter via Bluetooth.”
Coup is a partnership between Bosch, BCG Digital Ventures and Gogoro. Mat Schubert, Bosch’s chief of Mobility Services, will the CEO of the new venture.