Hello, scooter, my old friend.
Remember Silence? No, this isn’t some abstract plea to remind you of what life was like in pre-pandemic times. We’re talking about the Spanish electric scooter maker that also happens to go by that particular moniker. You know, the one that hooked up with Spanish auto maker Seat to rebrand its existing S01 electric scooter as the Seat Mó E-Scooter 125?
Anyway, it seems that Silence has set its sights on blanketing the whole of Europe—and beyond. Since it first started making electric scooters back 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 as far afield as South Africa and China.
Now, at last, the company is setting its sights a tiny bit closer to home, in the UK. A West Midlands location is scheduled to open in late January 2021, with more (undisclosed) locations reportedly to follow. Silence plans to bring all four of its existing electric scooters along for the ride: the S01, S02, S02 LS (Low Speed), and S02 LS Long Range. Interestingly, unlike many electric two-wheeler-makers, Silence opts to make its very unique, suitcase-like batteries on-site in Spain rather than importing them from an external supplier.
Within the UK, the top-of-the-range S01 will cost £4,995. The S02 will retail for £4,695, is equivalent in power to a 125cc piston scooter, and is geared more toward fleet and delivery use. For beginners, the S02 LS is roughly equivalent to a 50cc petrol scoot, will cost £2,695, and has a range of about 35 miles. The S02 LS Long Range has the same power as the S02 LS, but boosts range to 91 miles. Of course, a bigger battery pack also means a bigger price of £3,595.