The Seat MO eScooter 125 commenced its journey last year, with its first market being that of Spain, and followed by Italy in April. The electric scooter will gradually be made available in other parts of Europe this year.
SEAT has collaborated with Barcelona-based electric motorbike specialist Silence for the production of the Seat MO eScooter 125. The new electric scooter is marketed as an equivalent of a 125 cc ICE scooter and costs €6,250 in the launch market. A Silence plant, located in Sant Boi de Llobregat (Barcelona), manufactures the vehicle for SEAT.
Catalan-based carmaker and Volkswagen subsidiary SEAT had announced the inception of its new, urban mobility brand, SEAT MO, in June 2020. Along with the brand, SEAT vice-president for Sales and Marketing and CUPRA CEO, Wayne Griffiths, presented two new electric scooters under the SEAT MO brand called the eScooter 125 and the eKickscooter 65. These scooters marked the first 100% electric SEAT two-wheelers in the 70-year history of the company. The company had also confirmed the inception of its first electric moto-sharing service in Barcelona.
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SEAT MO eScooter 125
The SEAT MO eScooter 125, a rebranded Silence S01 scooter from Barcelona-based electric scooter manufacturer Silence, is designed for personal mobility as well as ride-sharing services while the SEAT MO eKickscooter 65 is purely intended for last-mile connectivity and cannot be used as mainstream mobility.
Underneath the eScooter 125, one can find a hub-mounted 9 kW (peak output) electric motor which is equivalent to a 125 cc model. The 240 Nm of torque is ample for city rides and enough to propel it all the way to 95 km/h. The 0-50 km/h time of only 3.9 seconds makes it quite ideal for the city traffic. It offers 3 usage modes – City, Sport and Eco for various driving scenarios and an integrated reverse gear for easy manoeuvrability.
To eliminate range anxiety generally associated with electric scooters, the eScooter offers up to 137 km of range on a single charge thanks to the large 5.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This battery pack is removable and can be charged via a home power socket in 6-8 hours. Removable batteries also enable battery the availing of swapping facilities in the future.
Despite the size of the batteries and motor, the eScooter 125 offers storage space to store two helmets in the under-seat storage area, which ticks the practicality box. For more user-friendliness, the SEAT MO eScooter 125 comes with its own smartphone app, providing vital information on the scooter’s position and ride stats. The 2 in-built USB ports ensure your phone never runs out of battery. The eScooter 125 can be requested in three colours: Daring Red, Dark Aluminium and Oxygen White.
While the eScooter 125 is aimed at private users, SEAT MO will offer a separate version for ride-sharing companies (left) with a few more features designed to help customers like a top box case mounted in the rear to store helmets and a phone holder. The ride-sharing version will be available in Dark Aluminium matt paint with some decals.
In June last year, SEAT told us that in the UK, the company is looking at the release pricing and opening orders later that year, but the sales plan of the electric scooter could have been pushed to 2021. SEAT Mo scooters going on sale is dependent on the passing of legislation in regard to the use of escooters in public places.
|SEAT MO eScooter 125 specification||Value|
|Motor output||9 kW|
|Motor torque||240 Nm|
|Battery capacity||5.6 kWh|
|Scooter Range||137 km|
|Acceleration (0-50 km/h)||3.9 seconds|
|Top speed||95 km/h|
Expansion and subscription plans of Seat MO eScooter
The Seat MO eScooter will be available this year in Greece, Germany, Austria, Portugal and Sweden, with the vehicle listed on the company’s website of France as well, indicating an impending launch. The company is relying strongly on the plan of expansion of MO, and it created a strong base by having almost 70 sales points in its home market of Spain.
In addition to making the MO eScooter available in more markets, Seat has also unveiled a new subscription model, the trial runs of which have already been carried out in Barcelona. Customers can opt between two different subscription plans of EUR 70 a week or EUR 150 a month, depending on the frequency of the usage.
Currently, SEAT MÓ is a popular motosharing operator in Barcelona, with 632 electric scooters available and 60,000+ app downloads registered since the service was opened last September.
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