Do you remember the silence No, this is not an abstract plea to remind you what life was like in the pre-pandemic times. We are talking about the Spanish manufacturer of electric scooters, which also happens to have this nickname. You know, the one who teamed up with Spanish automaker Seat to rename their existing S01 electric scooter to Seat Mó E-Scooter 125?
However, it seems that Silence has set itself the goal of covering all of Europe – and beyond. Since the first production of electric scooters in 2012, the company’s presence has steadily expanded. You can now find official Silence dealers in Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Albania, Hungary, Poland, Greece, Finland and even in South Africa and China.
Now, finally, the company has set its goals a little closer to its home in the UK. A location in West Midlands is scheduled to open at the end of January 2021. Other (not mentioned) locations are to follow. Silence plans to bring all four existing electric scooters for the ride: the S01, S02, S02 LS (Low Speed) and S02 LS Long Range. Interestingly, unlike many electric two-wheeler manufacturers, Silence chooses to manufacture its unique suitcase-like batteries locally in Spain rather than importing them from an outside supplier.
In the UK, the top of the line S01 costs £ 4,995 or around $ 6,827. The S02 will retail for £ 4,695 (or $ 6,416), the equivalent of a 125cc piston scooter and more geared towards fleet and delivery purposes. For beginners, the S02 LS is roughly the equivalent of a 50cc gasoline scooter, costs £ 2,695 (or $ 3,683) and has a range of around 35 miles. The S02 LS Long Range has the same performance as the S02 LS, but increases the range to 91 miles. Of course, a bigger battery also means a higher price tag of £ 3,595 (about $ 4,913).
Since it is clear that Silence is more than happy to expand beyond Europe’s borders, how likely is it to come to North America? That is unclear at best for a variety of reasons. For one, scooters are still much more popular in places that rely more on two-wheelers for everyday transportation. While this applies to individuals here on our side of the pond, it is not a generally applicable statement about our general culture.
Add to this the combination of cost and slowness to adapt to electric motorcycles in general, and it looks more sketchy by the minute. The automaker Seat currently does not sell any vehicles here, so there is an even lower probability that we will load a silent in the form of a revised Seat Mó E-Scooter 125 from the site. I’d be more than happy if I’m wrong, but if the Vespa Elettrica I’m not sure what Silence could do differently to win hearts and minds to the E-side. Unfortunately, we are a tough nut to crack for electric scooters.