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Spanish riders get first bite at S01 electric scooter

Spanish riders get first bite ...
The S01 electric scooter from Spain's Silence has a top speed of 100 km/h and a range per charge of 115 km
The S01 electric scooter from Spain's Silence has a top speed of 100 km/h and a range per charge of 115 km
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The S01's removable battery unit offers 115 km of range and can be charged at home or at the office, without having to park the bike near a charger
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The S01's removable battery unit offers 115 km of range and can be charged at home or at the office, without having to park the bike near a charger
The S01's under seat storage is big enough for two helmets
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The S01's under seat storage is big enough for two helmets
If you fancy a day out in the countryside, the S01's removable battery unit can help you work outdoors
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If you fancy a day out in the countryside, the S01's removable battery unit can help you work outdoors
The S01 electric scooter from Spain's Silence has a top speed of 100 km/h and a range per charge of 115 km
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The S01 electric scooter from Spain's Silence has a top speed of 100 km/h and a range per charge of 115 km
The S01's under seat storage compartment can be unlocked using a companion mobile app
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The S01's under seat storage compartment can be unlocked using a companion mobile app
Spanish riders are going to be the first non-business owners of a Silence electric scooter, with limited pre-orders open now
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Spanish riders are going to be the first non-business owners of a Silence electric scooter, with limited pre-orders open now
The S01's battery unit is removable and features built-in wheels so it can be rolled to the office rather than carried
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The S01's battery unit is removable and features built-in wheels so it can be rolled to the office rather than carried
The S01's battery unit is removable and features built-in wheels so it can be rolled to the office rather than carried
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The S01's battery unit is removable and features built-in wheels so it can be rolled to the office rather than carried
A companion app can be used to unlock and start the S01 remotely, check battery status, estimated CO2 savings, trip info, and a code can be generated to allow riders to share the S01 with friends
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A companion app can be used to unlock and start the S01 remotely, check battery status, estimated CO2 savings, trip info, and a code can be generated to allow riders to share the S01 with friends
The S01 electric scooter from Spain's Silence has a top speed of 100 km/h and a range per charge of 115 km
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The S01 electric scooter from Spain's Silence has a top speed of 100 km/h and a range per charge of 115 km
The S01 features LED main lighting front and rear (plus daytime running lights), and turn indicators built into the frame
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The S01 features LED main lighting front and rear (plus daytime running lights), and turn indicators built into the frame
The S01 has three ride modes, plus reverse
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The S01 has three ride modes, plus reverse
Stopping power for the S01 comes in the shape of disc braking front and back
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Stopping power for the S01 comes in the shape of disc braking front and back
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Up to now, Spanish electric scooter manufacturer Silence has been selling its two electric scooter models to rideshare operators and businesses like city couriers. But that's about to change. The first 500 of its S01 model are now up for pre-order to the company's home crowd, ahead of more widespread availability.

Presented at EICMA 2017, the S01 features a 6,000 watt motor for a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph), and a standstill to 50 km/h sprint of 3.8 seconds. Range is given as 115 km (72 mi) per 5 hour charge, but the battery unit is removable meaning that the electric scooter can be parked up, the battery popped out from the side and rolled trolley-like into the office for charging. Spare battery units will be made available for purchase.

The 2,000 x 705 x 1,313 mm (78.7 x 27.7 x 51.6 in) electric scooter has a ground clearance of 177 mm (6.9 in), three ride modes (plus reverse), hydraulic suspension to the front and a single shock at the back, LED main lighting front and rear (plus daytime running lights), and disc braking front and back.

The S01's under seat storage is big enough for two helmets
The S01's under seat storage is big enough for two helmets

The seat is shaped for rider and passenger, and can be unlocked using a companion app – to stow away one or two helmets. The app can also be used to unlock and start the S01 remotely, check battery status, estimated CO2 savings and trip info. A code can be generated to allow riders to share the S01 with friends, and the purchase package will include a free 3G SIM card.

At the moment, the pre-order books are only open to folks living in Spain, where the S01 will sell for €5,995 (about US$6,800). When it subsequently launches in Europe, it will be priced at €6,600. This puts it in the same premium ride category as the Vespa Elettrica and the Zapp i300, but the S01 will leave the Vespa in the dust and will roll for longer than both between charges.

The company told us that there are currently no plans to sell the S01 in the US or Asia.

Product page: Silence S01, via Electrek

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4 comments
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What does remote starting an electrical vehicle mean?
JamesDemello
Ridiculous price but nice features that I hope the cheaper bikes will incorporate.
drhall
Expect range challenge: “based on speed - Terrain” - as for price, the price / performance model does not resonate with any known EV thirsty market of which I am aware. I would not doubt a reverse engineered (likely less quality) to arrive within 18 months at a more competitive price point of say 2,995.00?
YuraG
Not sure about the pricing, but the trolley-battery is an awesome idea that has been well executed. It must pop up in motos too.