VR Mobility is a new startup in Belgium to inform B2B clients about the possibilities of Light Electric Vehicles (LEV’s). Founder Christof Van Remoortel (°1987) was raised in an automotive environment all his life and has made a career in a famous Belgian garage family business. Passionated by entrepreneurship and mobility, Christof recently launched VR Mobility in Brasschaat, a village in the northern region of Belgium.
Christof: “For me, people are important and my solutions are tailor-made, sincere and transparent. I present different sustainable light electric vehicles to make the quality of our life and happiness more pleasant. LEV’s are part of the solution to achieve our living and climate goals. Sharing my know-how about e-mobility issues will result in long-term business relationships. And very important, I only present products and brands where I believe in.”
VR mobility, putting the happiness in MobilityChristof Van Remoortel
“That’s why I visited last summer the factory of the Spanish electric motorcycle manufacturer Silence in Barcelona. Silence’s vision is to improve the quality of life in and around cities by supplying light electric vehicles, batteries and Mobility-as-a Service. Today, Silence has more than 30% market share in Europe. They have achieved this by a dedicated focus on designing and building efficient light electric vehicles in Spain since 2012.”
Silence business lines
- Development light electric vehicles (private use / cargo)
- MaaS: Mobility-as-a-service (sharing, fleet management, renting)
- BaaS: Battery-as-a-service (battery infrastructure stations for battery swapping)
- Energy solutions at home
VR Mobility is proud to present the S01 to you today. This electric motorcycle is a very quiet, comfortable, ergonomic, non-polluting and nearly maintenance-free electric vehicle. It accelerates faster than a 125cc combustion scooter, but without any noise, emissions or vibrations. The S01 Silence has a removable trolley-style battery system, so users can move it comfortably and charge it anywhere there is a conventional power point, without a special plug. You can also charge the battery in the scooter by connecting it to any conventional power point with the SCHUKO cable.
- 0 – 50 km/h in 3.8 seconds
- Motor 7.000W (9kW Peak Power)
- SCHUKO connection: Charger integrated in the Battery Pack – 600W
- Battery pack with 55W heater (works with charger and depends on the version)
- 3 driving modes (ECO, CITY, SPORT) and reverse gear
- Weight without battery: 111 kg
- Dimensions: 2000 x 705 x 1313 mm
- Hydraulic shocks
- Proprietary electronics and BMS (Battery management system): Control the cell voltage, number of charges and temperature
- Wheelbase: 1450 mm
- Height off the ground: 177 mm
- Wheels (front and rear): 120 / 70-15 // 140 / 70-14
- Brakes (front and rear): Disc
- Regenerative CBS brakes
- LED lights/ daytime running lamps / built-in indicators
- Digital speedometer: Speed, SOC (state of charge), remaining km and temperatures
VR Mobility has invited THE PACK to try out the Silence 01. An invitation that we couldn’t refuse.
Guy Salens | “Riding the S01 was a pleasant experience. It’s a very easy-to-ride electric motorcycle: just pull the left bar at the handlebar, push the ‘START’ button and choose your driving mode (Eco, City or Sport). The driving mode can be changed whilst driving. The comfortable seat has a large storage compartment beneath it (there is enough space for a helmet and some other stuff).
The electric motorcycle manufacturer Silence has used high quality materials what resulted in a very silent ride (no disturbing noises or annoying vibration sounds). Taking the battery out, is pretty spectacular: you unlock the battery and a mobile trolley extends. Very easy to move it to your office or place of residence for a charge. Oh yes, did I mention that this motorbike has a reverse gear? It’s a perfect and sustainable solution for commuters. And it’s European!”
What about the driving license in Belgium?
Anyone who has had a B driving license for more than two years is allowed to use a 125 cc motorcycle or scooter, provided that it has a maximum power of 15 hp (11 kW). Anyone who obtained his/her driving license B after May 2011 must first follow four hours of training (without examination/test). There is one exception to these rules: those who have a driving license B from before 1989 also automatically have a motorcycle driving license A.