Twizy in San Francisco (Nissan)

Nissan New Mobility Concept (aka Renault Twizy) Available To Rent In San Francisco

The Nissan New Mobility Concept, also known as a Scoot Quad

Renault Twizy, in the form of the Nissan New Mobility Concept, finally hits the U.S.

10 units of the tiny 2-seater are available to rent right now at the Scoot Networks fleet in San Francisco. They are now called the Scoot Quad.

The cost: $8 per half-hour or $80 per day

It’s too early to say if Nissan considers this it’s second zero emission model on the market, as for now the Nissan New Mobility Concept was delivered just for this research project.

Range of the Nissan New Mobility Concept is 40 miles/64 km according to Nissan, while top speed is 25 mph (40 km/h) – so this equivalent to the lesser Twizy Urban 40 (Renault offers the Twizy in a Urban 80 trim as well – as in top speed of 80 km/h or 50 mph).

“The Scoot Quad joins the Scoot family of light electric vehicles — including a classic electric moped and a larger cargo outfit — and it is Scoot’s first foray on four wheels. The Scoot fleet is currently comprised of 400 customized electric scooters that go up to 30 mph and have a range of 20 to 25 miles. San Francisco residents use Scoots for a variety of activities such as quick commutes across town, running errands or as a fun way to explore the city.”

“Now, with the addition of the Scoot Quad to the Scoot Networks fleet, Nissan will be evaluating the role electric vehicles will play as transportation options and needs continue to evolve.

Bay Area residents can join Scoot and rent Scoot Quads starting Oct. 17. Riders simply use the Scoot Networks app — offered on both iOS and Android devices — to find the nearest Scoot Quad. Rides start at $8 per half-hour or $80 per day.”

Rachel Nguyen, executive director, Nissan Future Lab said:

“As large cities continue to grow into megacities globally, we need to understand how transportation is changing and look ahead to anticipate what transportation needs will look like in the future. Scoot Networks is an ideal partner in this research project because they are fulfilling a need that has emerged in the San Francisco market, and they share a similar commitment to zero-emissions mobility.”

Michael Keating, founder and CEO, Scoot Networks said:

“Scoot isn’t just for scooters. If it’s small, electric and fun, you will be able to find it in the Scoot app and ride it all over the city. We are proud to partner with Nissan to make a new form of urban electric mobility available to our riders.”

Link to the Scoot Networks

hope my other half doesnt see this

Why??? Does she want you to grow a beard?

while she uses the twizy and understands why i bought it she would have fun with the mobility bit private joke of hers

I take it Renault is unknown there? Strange a Nissan Twizy lol.

I don’t think Renault markets its cars in America - and doesn’t seem to have retained a strong brand reputation from when it did in the past. Nissan and Renault clearly collaborated on some aspects of the design of the Twizy, but it looks like Nissan see it as an urban utility vehicle (like a Boris Bike) rather than one that individuals would own.

Renault is trying out the same notion in larger French cities. It makes sense, in the urban environment, if you have enough vehicles and pick-up/charge stations to ensure people are always within walking distance of a vehicle they can just use.

Not so useful here in the country, where it might make more sense to invert the concept with more individuals owning Twizy-like vehicles that they use for local trips and as means to get to public transport hubs or places where they can pick up longer distance vehicles as and when they need them.

This is a really great idea. I think the Twizy is ideally suited to an urban car sharing/rental scheme. Nissan have been running the NMC in Japan for a couple of years along similar lines. Given that Europe sales are low it makes sense for Renault to try to get the Twizy in to other markets, albeit with the Nissan badge (Renault have a 43% share in Nissan).

Unfortunately Renault has a bad reputation in the US thanks to this car the Renault Alliance (a Renault 9 in Europe) who killed the brand and therefore stopped Renault expansion in the US. Nissan is a more respected brand.