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Yamaha aims to develop electric scooters with Taiwan's Gogoro

Rivals poised to join forces to ride island's green-vehicle wave

A woman swaps the batteries of her electric scooter at a Gogoro charging station in Taipei.
A woman swaps the batteries of her electric scooter at a Gogoro charging station in Taipei.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Yamaha Motor hopes to jointly develop electric scooters with Taiwanese producer Gogoro, to be launched on the island next summer as the Japanese motorcycle builder seeks to tap environmental efforts there.

Yamaha said Tuesday that the two sides have entered negotiations with an aim to sign a pact by year's end. Under the proposed partnership, Yamaha will design the scooters that Gogoro will manufacture using its own electronic platform. The vehicles will use batteries that can be swapped at Gogoro's more than 750 recharging stations in Taiwan. The scooters will be sold by the Japanese company.

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