Silence S01 Test

Silence S01 Test: Introduction, positioning and rivals of the Silence S01

The Silence S01 is one of the electric scooters that can be driven with a car license, i.e. a B license. As many of you may have already noticed, the Silence S01 has been on the market since 2020.

On the one hand, the presence of its sister the Silence S02 in large cities through motosharing has, to a certain extent, eclipsed its existence in stores, since the shared motorcycle concept implies that the user does not have to worry about the most important part. cumbersome, recharging the batteries. Until today, purchasing an electric motorcycle meant having the infrastructure to recharge the battery, at origin, destination or both, or at least, keeping in mind the battery recharge times when planning its use.

The great novelty of the Silence S01 lies in the possibility of purchasing it without a battery and operating through a rental system, which gives away the first 4 charges of the month (about 500 kilometers of autonomy) for 3 years from the purchase of the scooter. If that is the distance you travel in a month, it means forgetting about transportation costs for 3 years.

Best of all, by not purchasing the battery (the most expensive part of the scooter), the price of the Silence S01 remains at €3,200, which with the Moves III plan can be between 1,100 and 1,300 euros less. Moves III lasts until July 31, but it is normal for there to be an extension or substitute. In any case, a very competitive price.

In Spain there are already 120 Battery Stations, which are the battery exchange stations that ACCIONA has implemented in Spain exclusively for SILENCE vehicles (15 in Madrid), but the number increases month by month.

This is the great advantage of the Silence S01 over its rivals: thanks to the rental system, the customer does not have to recharge the battery, as they can exchange it at any Battery Station for a 100% full battery, in less time than it takes to fill up a motorcycle with petrol, without the risk of getting dirty and free for the first three years for 500 kilometres a month. After that, exchanges cost €5.

If, on the other hand, you charge it in your garage using the built-in plug (a standard cable), or you take the battery up to your house in the elevator using the built-in trolley (and the same standard cable), you will pay based on what you have contracted with your electric company; it would be rare for it to exceed €1.

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This versatility in charging is not enjoyed by its rivals, which are increasingly numerous and very different from each other: Rieju E-City (€3,600), Rieju Nuuk Urban 6 (€8,530), BMW CE02 (€8,400), BMW CE04 (€12,075), Yamaha Neos (€2,999) or Piaggio 1 Active (€3,599). All of them have their own battery and it is the user who has to charge them wherever they can.

Silence S01 Test: Technical features and equipment of the Silence S01

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The technical characteristics of the Silence S01 are quick to list. Its engine obtains 9.3 HP of power; It may not seem like much, but it does more than any equivalent 125 cc, as the thrust is continuous (there are no gears, there is no variator), especially in Sport mode.

The chassis is a tubular steel that, by not having to house a thermal engine and everything that it entails (intake, injection, clutch, crankcase, exhaust, etc.) allows a truly outstanding space under the seat, where two helmets can easily fit. integral. Adding the optional trunk, the loading capacity becomes monstrous, because the floor is also flat.

Damping is simple. At the front it has a telescopic fork with 90 mm of travel, without regulation, and at the rear, a monoshock with 100 mm of travel and without regulation either, a point that will surely evolve in future models.

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The brakes are simple, double discs of 260 and 240 mm at the front and rear respectively. They are assisted by CBS combined braking. Although it may seem like a modest proposal, they more than deliver. The handles are also adjustable. The wheels are 15” at the front and 14” at the rear. They mount CST tires. You can optionally ride the Pirelli Angel Scooter for €200, which I highly recommend. They are much better than the standard ones, in terms of grip and ride comfort, to the point that I would include the option as a permanent addition.

The seat height is 790 mm from the ground – For my 178 cm, perfect, I have plenty of leg bending. The weight of the motorcycle is low, 111 kg, to which we must add the 48 kg of the 6 kWh battery. As you can see in the video that accompanies this test, removing it and inserting it again during battery changes is very simple and does not require any physical effort, thanks to the retractable wheels that allow the battery to be handled like a trolley. All that weight is housed in the lower (and middle) part of the scooter, which benefits the centering of masses and a low center of gravity, a determining factor in the good behavior of the scooter.

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The controls are simple, and do not require much complication to govern the three engine modes (ECO, City, Sport) that allow for ranges of approximately 70, 90 and 130 kilometres respectively. The LCD screen shows which mode you are riding in, the remaining charge, speed, an arc that indicates whether you are using up or recharging (regenerative braking), trips 1 and 2, odometer, ambient temperature (also of the battery) and the time. By day or by night, it is easy and simple to read.

On the front of the left throttle, the index finger is used as a trigger to activate the reverse gear, which is very useful when you have parked downhill in a dead end. Just by pressing it and giving it the throttle, the bike moves smoothly backwards and saves you the corresponding leg-pumping.

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Silence S01 Test: How the Silence S01 goes

We could not begin the test of the Silence S01 without testing the true novelty of the model: the battery changing system. It represents the authentic differential fact of the Silence S01 with respect to its rivals and will determine the uses and customs of the person who purchases a Silence S01. So, I will quickly go through the ergonomics of the motorcycle, which can be described as very urban.

It is a position already seen in other flat-soled scooters, prioritizing comfort and speed of movement when getting on/off the motorcycle, as well as putting the motorcycle on the kickstand: child’s play. The only drawback is perhaps a hard seat, which, added to the firmness of the suspensions, is noticeable on long runs, although in the city they are not usually very abundant (if you are not a delivery driver).

Once we have determined that we want (or rather need) to change the battery, it is essential to use the ACCIONA Battery Station app on your mobile phone. It will show you the charging points closest to your location and the availability of batteries (they always exist). Once we have selected the point that best suits us, we reserve a battery for 20 minutes.

From this point on, the use of a mobile phone is no longer necessary: ​​The next process is automatic and does not require coverage. Silence has taken into account that the charging point may be in an underground garage, where there is not always coverage.

Once you have reached the charging point, you lift the bike onto the stand. Using one of the bike’s keys, you unlock the battery safety lock on the back of the bike. Once released, you just have to pull a lever under the seat and the battery handle at the same time. At that moment, the battery comes out, wheels unfold under the bike like landing gear and you find yourself holding onto a trolley.

You just have to take it to an empty charging station. Within a few seconds, the system checks the status of the discharged battery and assigns you another one by means of a system of visible LED lights. Now it is time to pick up the assigned battery and install it in the reverse order of the previous maneuver. The first time I did it, it took me about a minute (thinking about the steps), but once I learned the process, it takes about 30 seconds, much less time than refueling any combustion vehicle, cleaner and cheaper.

When you start the motorcycle, City mode is always active, which is the intermediate mode in power and autonomy. The ECO mode allows 130 kilometers of autonomy, but driving is not completely satisfactory when acceleration is required. City mode has good acceleration capacity and very good recovery. Once underway, the bike responds with truly remarkable thrust.

Where City mode saves is in the first section of acceleration from a standstill, in which it is very progressive. If you want to go out like a flash, the Sport mode is much more reactive from 0 and accelerates like a demon, to the point that in the wet it is better not to activate it.

Personally, I prefer the City mode, which is more user-friendly. Sport mode is very useful at certain times: if you are in a hurry and want to be the first to get out of the traffic light, when changing lanes on fast roads, in short, any time when the power will get you out of a tight spot. The ease with which you can change modes using the right-hand stalk, which contains a dedicated “mode” button, is crucial.

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If you have never tried an electric motorcycle, you will be immediately surprised, because you will find yourself riding with total confidence in the absence of noise and vibrations. The constant thrust of an electric motor reveals its best qualities in urban environments. I firmly believe that the electric vehicle is unbeatable on short distances.

When the required autonomy is not very high (few people travel 130 kilometres in the city in their daily life), weight is no longer a limiting factor, while performance is even better than with a 125 cc. The same is true for electric bicycles: by having “human assistance”, the mobility/performance/weight/autonomy ratio is excellent.

The turning angle is not the best, but it allows you to wriggle easily, with the addition of reverse gear during maneuvers. The top speed varies depending on the modes, but in the city the 85 km/h developed by City mode is sufficient. It also defends itself on ring roads, being able to activate the Sport mode to have gas reserve for certain maneuvers. I see the Eco mode as more suitable for extending the autonomy on those occasions when there is no time to go change the battery. We must not forget that it is possible to connect the motorcycle and the battery to the network wherever there is a regular socket, which allows you to practically forget about the cost of fuel/energy, at least for 3 years.

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In terms of ride quality, riding with an electric vehicle is rewarding and so is the Silence S01. I detect differences in terms of performance with the Silence S02, in favor of the Silence S01 in question. The brakes are up to par, perhaps the suspension is a little too firm, but that is the price you have to pay for not being able to adjust the preload. In these circumstances, I prefer that the suspensions be a bit firm than otherwise, but when it comes to asking, I prefer that there be preload regulation, at least, at the rear.

In short, the Silence S01 has the same qualities as before, with the difference that it costs much less and has a versatility in recharging that, at least for the first three years, does not cost anything. If you are going to travel many kilometres and frequent suburban towns, perhaps a thermal scooter is a better option, but if your movements are limited to the urban environment, the Silence S01 plays with the best cards on the market.

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