Gogoro has once again made headlines after unveiling the world’s first swappable solid state EV battery prototype, which was co-developed with ProLogium Technology. For those unfamiliar, Gorgoro has made a name for itself developing swappable batteries in light electric vehicles, while ProLogium Technology boasts expertise in Lithium Ceramic Batteries (LCBs).
In a call with Electrek, Gogoro CEO and founder Horace Luke explained that the new battery prototype “uses Gogoro’s proprietary battery management system and physical case/connection, and relies on ProLogium’s solid state battery cell technology for energy storage.” The swappable battery, which was revealed earlier today, was first tested in one of Gogoro’s electric scooters by Taiwanese media.
To date, Gorgoro has produced over 1 million of the lunchbox-size batteries, which can be swapped by EV drivers in seconds to “instantly recharge” light EVs, such as electric scooters and motorcycles. This latest battery pack prototype is reportedly capable of “boosting Gogoro’s current capacity of 1.7 kWh per battery to an impressive 2.5 kWh.”
Considering this is an impressive 40 per cent increase in energy density, the new battery packs promise to meaningfully increase range. Not only that, but solid state batteries are devoid of many of the other safety concerns that plague other EV battery packs; specifically, they are virtually fire-proof.
“We partnered with ProLogium Technologies, a global leader in solid state battery innovation, to jointly develop this new battery that delivers higher energy density for better range, improved stability and safety, and it is reverse compatible with all existing Gogoro-powered vehicles,” Luke explained. Chiming in, ProLogium’s CEO and founder Vincent Yang shared, “As leading global battery innovators, Gogoro and ProLogium have partnered to jointly design solid state battery prototypes that integrate with Gogoro’s battery swapping network and two-wheel vehicles Solid state battery technologies present a new phase in the future of electric vehicles, and we look forward to advancing this Gogoro prototype battery into a commercial offering in the future.