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The zero emissions Gogoro Smartscooter was unveiled in January, and will go on sale in Taipei this summer. Does it inspire you to leave your car at home?
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The zero emissions Gogoro Smartscooter was unveiled in January, and will go on sale in Taipei this summer. Does it inspire you to leave your car at home?

Does the Gogoro inspire you to leave the car at home? Does the Gogoro inspire you to leave the car at home?

The zero emissions Gogoro Smartscooter was unveiled in January, and will go on sale in Taipei this summer. Does it inspire you to leave your car at home?

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