The manufacturer of electric scooters Gogoro arrives on the market of urban pedelecs with a model with a sophisticated design and a motor / battery group integrated in the rear hub. A high-end electric bike that will be marketed in Europe from this summer.
Last month, Gogoro had teased by announcing the launch of an electric bike, a first for this manufacturer specializing in electric scooters. You could say that the wait was worth it since the Gogoro Eeyo 1 is an aesthetic success. This VAE which is intended for an urban use puts on a very refined and elegant style. Its fully carbon monobloc frame is visually surprising by the absence of a seat tube (5 frame sizes available). The design is minimalist, fluid, very pleasing to the eye.
To achieve this aesthetic simplicity, Gogoro opted for an integration of the 250W electric motor, the 123.4 Wh battery and electronic sensors (torque, speed, temperature) in the hub of the rear wheel called Eeyo Smartwheel. A beautiful work of engineering which we will wait to see what it gives in terms of durability and maintenance.
The counterpart of this very advanced integration is that we cannot therefore detach the battery to charge it at home. Gogoro is trying to make this less penalizing by offering two chargers, one portable and the other (optional) acting as a support for the bicycle, which are plugged into the rear wheel. Gogoro announces between 64 km and nearly 90 km of autonomy depending on whether you use the sport or eco assistance mode and 2.5 hours for a full charge.
The Eeyo 1 looks great, but is it practical?
Quite impressive figures given the battery capacity. The weight of the bike is probably not for nothing: a little less than 12 kg for the Eeyo 1s, the high-end model at 4,599 dollars (4,133 euros at current prices) and 12.2 kg for the Eeyo 1 to 3,899 dollars (3,500 euros at current price). The difference between the two models is mainly the presence of a handlebar and carbon wheels on the 1s.
In cycling, carbon is valued not so much for the weight gain as for its rigidity which makes bikes more responsive and lively and significantly improves performance compared to an aluminum frame. Rigidity which often has a significant impact on comfort, especially with carbon wheels and the absence of suspension. In short, we will have to see how the Eeyo 1 behaves on poorly paved surfaces or pavers.
In addition, we regret that given the prices announced, Gogoro has not worked better on the ergonomics of the part connected with an integrated screen. Instead, the cyclist will need to install their own smartphone on a stand above the stem to use the bike function control app. It is not only not very harmonious with the general design of the bike, but it also exposes the mobile in bad weather and falling. The lack of mudguards, which do not seem to be optional, is also regrettable on a bike that is intended for regular use. And we also wonder why Gogoro did not integrate the lighting system. It will probably be added as an accessory, which will be much less elegant.
At first glance, the Eeyo 1 gives the impression of an undoubtedly attractive electric bike, which is aimed at a clientele of affluent and technophile urbanites who want to ride clean with style. But will it be really practical to use and in all circumstances? It remains to be seen. Especially since it will have in front of him city pedelecs such as the VanMoof S3 and X3, the Specialized Turbo Vado SL and the promising Angell manufactured by SEB with an assertive aesthetic, more functionalities and more affordable prices. .
Interchangeable battery scooters
Indeed, the Gogoro S1 and S2 electric scooters, and the new Gogoro Viva have met with great success with an urban clientele seduced by their excellent quality / price ratio and the system of exchangeable batteries which relies on a network of distributors. machines scattered throughout the city. At one of these points, the user removes the battery located under the saddle of the scooter, places it in an empty slot in the charging station and collects another ready to ride. A very practical device that avoids all expectations.
If the Gogoro electric scooters are not distributed in France, they have been used by the free floating rental service (self-service without home station) COUP which operated in Paris for two years until last November. It is not yet known whether the introduction of the Gogoro Eeyo in France foreshadows that of electric scooters. To be continued…