Electric vehicles are upon us, like it or not, and Yamaha is taking steps forward with the Yamaha EC-05 electric scooter (e-scooter), using technology from Gogoro, a Taiwanese e-scooter maker. Claiming improved range and performance from Gogoro’s large format 2170 lithium-ion battery cells, Yamaha will be releasing the EC-05 for the Taiwan market in August, 2019.

Gogoro began in Taiwan with swappable battery packs for e-scooters, allowing for riders to quickly replenish depleted batteries and extend riding range. Gogoro has also pioneered e-scooter battery swapping in European cities such as Berlin and Paris, in partnership with Bosch.

In partnership with Yamaha, Gogoro will be providing swappable battery packs for the EC-05, allowing Yamaha to take advantage of Gogoro’s extensive network of charging and battery swapping stations. Notably, Gogoro’s 7% market share of the Taiwan e-scooter market is in the commercial delivery sector, with rivals Kymco and Sym covering the lion’s share of the domestic scooter segment.

While no real performance numbers for the EC-05 have been released, the Gogoro 3 e-scooter is claimed to reach a top speed of 82 km/h for the base model, while the Gogoro 3 Plus reaches 86 km/h. Power comes from a six kilowatt mid-drive motor that produces 180 Nm of torque at the rear wheel – to put things in perspective, the 2019 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy with the Milwaukee 8 107 engine puts out 145 Nm.

In terms of market development, Malaysia’s ASEAN neighbours, notably Thailand and Indonesia, have taken progressive measures to encourage the take up of e-scooters in the respective countries especially in dense urban areas. This includes a pilot project by Honda for the Honda PCX Electric in the Philippines and Indonesia, with lease sales already begun in Japan.

GALLERY: 2019 Yamaha EC-05 Taiwan

GALLERY: Gogoro 2 e-scooter