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We may not have them yet on Ugandan soil, but the Taiwanese company Gogoro is rolling out an all-new electric scooter called the Gogoro 2 Smartscooter. We first saw their debut during the CES 2015 when we called them the future of boda bodas. Now Gogoro is trying to put a modern spin on the classic scooter look with the Gogoro 2.

 The Gogoro electric scooter will be on market in Taiwan, and it says it will be available “in other markets by the end of 2017.”  It will cost about $1,295 (UGX 4.7 million) which is almost half the cost of the first iteration of this bike. It also comes in six colors — white, grey, orange, blue, yellow, and red.

The Gogoro 2 has a more efficient 6.4 kilowatt motor. It can go 0-50 km/hr in 4.3 seconds, has a top speed of 90 km/hr, and a 110km range — all nearly identical to the first Smartscooter’s benchmarks.

As expects a smart bike must have an app, so the company has a revamped version of the scooter’s mobile app, which supports biometric security technology (including TouchID), has a full-color LED panel between the handlebars now, and comes with a brighter LED headlamp. It also has more storage and can accommodate a passenger this time around.

gogoro 2 top view
Gogoro 2 top view
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Wondering how long it can last on the road? The new Smartscooter is powered by the same swappable batteries that helped the company stand out in the first place in 2015. But while they’re more slick and convenient than plug-in charging, it also might be what’s holding Gogoro back from expanding into other countries like Uganda. The idea of them being used as boda bodas is convenient but currently the infrastructure is expensive, and requires a lot of cooperation from local governments. Case in point, the plans to sell the scooters in Amsterdam, for instance, have been on hold since 2016.

Gogoro will need to have a wide battery network in countries where it plans to launch and never know maybe Gogoro can become a new source of electric transportation around the world. Truth be told, the idea of having such Electric boda bodas in Uganda is still far fetched.