About one year ago, the Spanish brand Seat unveiled its concept of an electric-powered scooter at the 2019 edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress held in Barcelona. The peculiar fact is that Seat is the Spanish branch of the Audi-VW Group and apparently selected to give life to a two-wheeled branch in order to respond to the demand of easily accessible zero-emission urban vehicles. Knowing Seat rather well, I was rather surprised by the announcement, but now the Seat escooter is in production and it all appears more consequential.
Seat’s escooter is named Mó 125 and in reality is based on the S01, an escooter manufactured by e-vehicles specialist Silence, located in Sant Boi de Llobregat in the industrial outskirts of Barcelona, same as Seat. Seat and Silence joined forces to evolve the original S01 escooter to a more functional level of efficiency, starting from the potential of the lithium-ion battery, which is easily extractable from the vehicle for easy in-house recharging.
The Seat Mó escooter is powered by an electric motor rated at 7kW constant power and 9kW peak power. Energy is supplied by a 6kWh lithium-ion battery, adequate for a range of about 80 miles. Top speed is said to be 60 mph with acceleration from 0 to 30 mph taking 3.9 seconds. The escooter offers three performance modes to select from: Eco, City, and Sport. There is also a reverse gear for ease of maneuvering in congested cities.
The chassis adopts front and rear disc brakes with energy regenerative capability to improve range capability. The chassis spans a 57-inch wheelbase for a comfortable two-up ride. The Seat Mó escooter weighs in at a claimed 244 pounds.
The marketing potential of the Audi-VW Group makes Seat’s new entry in the escooter market very credible on both sides of the Atlantic.