2018 / August
Cathy Teng /photos courtesy of Lin Min-hsuan /tr. by Scott Williams
Taiwan’s government has decreed that no new fossil-fuel motorcycles or scooters will be sold here after 2035. With that deadline set, alternatives have begun to appear. China Motor Corporation gained first-mover advantage when its “e-moving” business group entered the market some years ago, and Kymco’s 55 years of motorcycle manufacturing experience cannot be discounted. But over the last three years a startup named Gogoro has leapt to the forefront of Taiwan’s e-scooter market. The company's tech sensibility, fashionable styling, and unique charging network have shaken up the market and boosted the development of our electric vehicle industry.