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When Gogoro first came out of hiding at the Consumer Electronics show in 2015, the attention was all on the slick electric scooter that the company unveiled. Rightly so, too. Nothing quite looks like a Gogoro Smartscooter, not even the gas ones it’s trying to supplant. Gogoro was, at that trade show, trying to lay the foundation for an energy storage and distribution solution based around small, portable batteries that just happened to power the Smartscooter.

Now, with a $300 million of newly announced investment money on the way, the company finally seems ready to take that leap. Today the company announced a partnership with Japanese corporation Sumitomo that will bring Smartscooters to Japan, but will also help Gogoro expand beyond…

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