Pric­ing of high- tech scooter comes un­der fire from ne­ti­zens

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

Tai­wan-based com­pany Go­goro re­cently un­veiled the NT$128,000 re­tail price of its high-tech elec­tric scooter, lead­ing to crit­i­cism from ne­ti­zens who blasted the high price when com­pared to a reg­u­lar gas-op­er­ated scooter.

Re­ferred by some as the “Tesla of scoot­ers,” the Go­goro “Smartscooter” has re­cently be­come a hot topic in the tech­nol­ogy and rid­ing world for be­ing a green form of trans­porta­tion that is the iPhone equiv­a­lent in the world of ve­hi­cles.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s state­ments, when com­par­ing the Smartscooter to its reg­u­lar 125cc gas scoot­ers that the com­pany said are com­monly sold at NT$81,000, the for­mer pro­vides its pre-or­der buy­ers with a two-year pack­age that saves the rider NT$26,170 af­ter two years of use. The com­pany said that all pre-or­der buys could en­joy two years of free bat­tery ex­change ser­vices, as well as free main­te­nance and road­side aid.

A one- year theft in­sur­ance pol­icy would also be is­sued free to a pre-or­der buyer, the com­pany said, adding that along with the other 2-year ben­e­fits and the elec­tric scooter ad­vo­cat­ing ini­tia­tives from the cen­tral and lo­cal gov­ern­ments that could each grant buy­ers with NT$10,000 in aid, the to­tal dif­fer­ence be­tween buy­ing a Smartscooter to a reg­u­lar scooter

will not be very big.

Com­pany Plans Un­der Fire

How­ever, Go­goro’s came un­der rapid fire from ne­ti­zens as a re­sult of its gov­ern­ment aid state­ment.

Ne­ti­zens ar­gued that be­cause the gov­ern­ment could pro­vide buy­ers with NT$20,000 to pur­chase elec­tric scoot­ers, the com­pany has added the amount to their re­tail price.

Ne­ti­zens also mocked Go­goro’s gov­ern­ment-aid ar­gu­ment, cit­ing a 100 an­nual ap­pli­cant lim­i­ta­tion that is im­posed by lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

Ne­ti­zens went on con­demn Go­goro’s 2-year priv­i­leges, stat­ing that upon the ex­pi­ra­tion date of the ben­e­fits, buy­ers would be sub­jected to a monthly bat­tery change fee of NT$899, as well as a mo­nop­o­lized main­te­nance fee to be de­ter­mined by the com­pany due to the na­ture of the Smartscooter’s tech­nol­ogy.

The most in­fu­ri­at­ing el­e­ment about the com­pany, some said, is the fact that the Smartscooter can­not ex­ceed the speed of 85 kilo­me­ters per hour. Should riders opt to un­lock the lim­i­ta­tion of the ve­hi­cle to en­able it to ex­ceed the speed 95 kilo­me­ters per hour, Smartscooter own­ers would have to pay an ex­tra monthly fee of NT$299, which would re­quire pre-or­der buy­ers to pay NT$1,198 ev­ery month af­ter two years.

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