April 5, 2023

How Taiwan revolutionised urban transport with E-Moped battery swapping stations

Taiwan is known for its vibrant cities and bustling streets filled with scooters and mopeds. However, with pollution and emissions from gas-powered vehicles becoming a growing concern, Taiwan has taken a significant step towards promoting clean energy and reducing pollution by introducing electric mopeds and battery swapping stations.

Electric mopeds are becoming increasingly popular in Taiwan, thanks to the government's push for sustainable transportation. In 2020, the government announced a goal of having 20% of all motorcycles on the road to be electric by 2025, up from 3% in 2019. One of the key factors driving the adoption of electric mopeds is the convenient and efficient battery swapping stations, which are scattered across the country.

The battery swapping stations in Taiwan work on a simple yet effective system. Electric moped riders can easily exchange their depleted batteries for fully charged ones in less than two minutes, providing them with an extended range and eliminating the need for long charging times. The swapping stations are equipped with robotic arms that automatically remove the depleted battery and replace it with a fully charged one, making the process quick and hassle-free.

The benefits of battery swapping stations are numerous. For one, riders do not have to worry about finding charging stations or waiting for hours to recharge their vehicles. They can simply swap the batteries and continue their journey, making it a convenient and time-saving option. The battery swapping stations also help reduce the cost of owning an electric moped by eliminating the need to purchase an expensive battery outright at the end of its life! 

The introduction of battery swapping stations has also created a new business opportunity for entrepreneurs. Gogoro, a Taiwan-based electric scooter manufacturer, operates the largest battery swapping network in Taiwan and has been able to expand its business by providing battery swapping services to other electric moped brands as well.

Taiwan's electric moped battery swapping stations are an innovative solution to promote clean energy and reduce pollution. The swapping stations make electric mopeds more convenient and accessible, and help reduce the cost of ownership. As more countries adopt electric mopeds, it's possible that Taiwan's battery swapping system could become a model for sustainable transportation.

Could this be the answer to help Scotland reach net zero by 2045? We certainly think so!