Pricing of high- tech scooter comes under fire from netizens
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.