Silence helps drive UK electric revolution from West Midlands

Spanish electric vehicle brand, Silence, has opened its ‘urban ecomobility’ headquarters, training centre and first UK retail store in Solihull, West Midlands.
Silence helps drive UK electric revolution from West Midlands
Courtesy of Silence

The West Midlands is rapidly becoming a hub for UK electrification and green travel initiatives. As well as being a centre for electric vehicle development and production, the region will also pioneer a UK Clean Air Zone this summer, when Birmingham launches its charging scheme aimed at reducing emissions from petrol and diesel vehicles in the city centre.

“Solihull makes the perfect location for investment, in the first phase of our launch and establishment of our UK headquarters” said John Edwards, one of founding partners of Silence UK. “Not only is the West Midlands already a hub for electric vehicle businesses and research, but its leaders are focused on ecomobility and infrastructure.”

Councillor Ian Courts, Leader of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, added that Silence’s investment reflects the confidence in the region as Soliholl positions itself to be at the forefront of low-carbon future mobility.

“Transport currently accounts for 39 percent of Co2 emissions across the borough” said Mr Courts. “Tackling this area is going to be key to unlocking our low carbon future and achieving our net zero carbon aspirations for the region by 2041.”

The regenerated site on Haslucks Green Road includes Silence’s first UK flagship retail store and service centre, covering over 700 square metres.  It serves both retail and business customers, with the full UK range of Silence ‘e-moto’ all-electric motorcycles and scooters available for test rides.

The timing of Silence’s UK debut is also no coincidence, given that big changes  are taking place nationally in electrified two-wheel travel, which is growing in popularity, as an easy and cost-effective way to cut costs and emissions. The electric 50cc and 125cc market grew +50 percent in 2020 and is up almost 300 percent in the first four months of 2021, growing by over 550 percent in April alone.

These changes are being driven across both the business and consumer sectors.

Last mile delivery and food delivery services have soared during the pandemic resulting in a boom in sales of light weight, smaller and sustainable modes of transport, particularly in urban areas.

COVID has also had a significant impact on the individual commuter too with people turning to independent, private, and green transportation. The experience of improved air quality and quieter streets during the pandemic has heightened awareness of the need to choose zero emission mobility to make cities healthier and more liveable.      

And new research shows the impact of choosing two wheels over four: travelling by micromobility instead of a car just once a day reduces an average citizen’s carbon emissions from transport by 67 percent, according to the University of Oxford.

Lightweight two-wheelers are ideal for smart all-electric power, giving low maintenance, quick and convenient charging, and avoiding urban emissions charges.   The 100 percent electric Silence ‘e-motos’ are equivalent to 50cc and 125cc mopeds and scooters, travelling up to 91 miles on a single charge while eliminating emissions, noise and vibrations and reducing running costs to around one pence per mile – a massive 80 percent less than conventional alternatives.

The Silence combination of reliable, zero-emission battery power, sharp Barcelona style and smart tech has already captured over 66 percent of the Spanish and 30 percent of the European electric scooter market, attracting over 21,000 customers across 25 countries.

The company’s flagship retail store in Solihull will be one of several flagship stores opening across the UK, with the next sites planned for London and Manchester.  A partnership model will also allow entrepreneurial businesses who want to join the EV revolution to retail Silence scooters. 10 jobs will be initially created in Solihull with an estimated 200 jobs to be supported across the UK as the company expands.

The Solihull flagship store is now open to the public with test rides available to be booked on-site or requested online.

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