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February 13, 2023

First Batch Of EV Scooters Arrive As Globe's 917Ventures, Ayala Corp, And Gogoro Push For Sustainable Transport

Globe’s 917Ventures and Ayala Corporation have announced that an initial batch of Gogoro Smartscooters have arrived. The all-electric sooters, as well as associated batteries and swapping stations, aims to realize a more sustainable transport system for Filipinos.

100 units of the Smartscooter as well as 400 smart batteries and 7 GoStation battery swapping stations have arrived from Taiwan’s Gogoro. Last November, Gogoro entered into a partnership with 917Ventures and Ayala Corporation.

“We are excited about this pilot rollout as it will not only address the need for more sustainable transportation options but also contribute to the overall goal of creating a greener future for Metro Manila and the entire country. We are looking forward to seeing the positive impact this project will have on the Philippines,” said Vince Yamat, 917Ventures Managing Director.

The Gogoro Smartscooters will provide an alternative form of transportation and will be piloted for the logistics and last-mile delivery industry in Metro Manila. The roll out is expected in the first quarter of 2023, and will pave the way for a new sustainable business model in other Philippine cities.

The all-electric scooter is a suitable solution for densely populated regions. For instance, the Gogoro Network holds more than 25 percent share of Taiwan’s quick commerce deliveries. With over 520,000 riders who perform more than 370,000 battery swaps per day, they have cornered almost all of the EV delivery segment there. This demonstrates their effectiveness in a high-density urban environment. This could potentially bring similar benefits to Metro Manila, such as increased convenience, efficiency, and reduced emissions.

Locally, the Gogoro Smartscooters can be powered up at conveniently located GoStations. With 30 slots each, riders can quickly swap depleted batteries for fully-charged ones in seconds.

It also aligns with the government's development agenda by supporting both digitalization and climate action. It is the Department of Energy's (DOE) thrust to transition towards cleaner technologies, focused on enhancing mobility through sustainable solutions.

For its part, the Globe Group and Ayala Corporation have consistently led the way in utilizing technology to enhance the lives of Filipinos and to safeguard the environment through innovative changing initiatives.

Recently, Globe launched battery electric-powered shuttles for its employees as part of its goal of reducing vehicle fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Global Electric Transport Philippines (GET) shuttles started servicing employees located at the Globe headquarters in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig and its offices in Makati and Mandaluyong City last January 23.

The use of EV is critical in Globe’s reduction of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in support of the Philippines’ commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 75 percent in 2030. This also aligns with Republic Act 11697, or the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act, which mandates corporate fleets to ensure that 5 percent of their vehicles, whether owned or leased, are EVs within the government prescribed timeframe.

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