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Tiny Silence S04 aims to make a noise in the “nano car” segment

The dinky S04 has seating for two and will do 92 miles on a charge

If you’re looking to downsize and go fully-electric, then the new Silence S04 could be the ideal ‘car’ for you. Technically it’s a quadricycle rather than a car, but it’s designed to be the ideal “low cost, zero emission” transport for urban environments.

Priced at £15,995 and available to reserve now, the S04 is designed, engineered and built in Spain. The first UK deliveries of this tiny EV are scheduled for this month. 

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Silence says the S04 features a ‘compact design’ which is certainly true given the length of just 2.28m, width of 1.29m and height of 1.57m. That makes it shorter in length and narrower than a Citroen Ami. Despite the size, there’s seating for two in a staggered layout with the driver slightly ahead of the passenger (like you got in the Volkswagen XL1) and a 247-litre boot - 65 litres more than a Fiat 500’s.

A seven-inch digital screen features on the dash along with a multifunction steering wheel, a cradle for your smartphone, air conditioning, keyless entry, electric windows, bluetooth and ‘comfort’ seats. Indeed, Silence claims there’s no compromise on comfort and to make the S04 as urban-friendly as possible it has a short 3.5-metre turning circle. 

The Silence has 30bhp from two electric motors on the rear axle with power coming from two 5.6kWh batteries with a 55kW pre-heating system to promote cold weather use. It also comes with a three-year warranty. There’s regenerative braking and three driving modes - ‘ECO’, ‘City’ and ‘Sport’ which “optimise performance and battery management characteristics”. Most importantly, the S04 comes with a maximum 92-mile range, dwarfing the 47 miles offered by the Citroen Ami. Silence claims its little EV will also do 52mph.

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A keen petrol-head, Alastair Crooks has a degree in journalism and worked as a car salesman for a variety of manufacturers before joining Auto Express in Spring 2019 as a Content Editor. Now, as our senior news reporter, his daily duties involve tracking down the latest news and writing reviews.

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