There’s the smartphone and the Smart Car, now there’s a Smartscooter. What makes it so smart? Well for starters the two wheeler is electric, but perhaps the clever bit is that it has swappable batteries, which allows riders to power up at a number of designated charging stations. The Smartscooter is made by Gogoro, a company founded by two former executives of mobile phone giant HTC and US$150m. The bike is now on sale for $4,140 a pop or £2,600, which is dearer than fossil fuelled minibikes however the manufacturers believe buyers will be driven by the promise of doing their bit for the environment. Gogoro chairman and co-founder, Horace Luke, said he is looking to “demonstrate to the world the leadership behind smart energy and smart transportation”. The scooter runs on two batteries that have a range of approximately 60 miles and can be easily removed. It is compatible with its distant relative the smartphone and has customisable sounds and a digital display. In a lesson on where best to launch a new product, the manufacturer plumped for Taiwan where the scooter is the primary mode of transport – there are 15 million scooters compared with the island’s population of 23 million. According to the Company, the scooter has been very well received by the Taiwanese. The Smartscooter could be coming to a town near you.