Tiny Nissan EV allows easy Scooting around

Nissan New Mobility Concept used for one-way rentals in San Francisco

Published: October 20, 2015, 1:15 PM
Updated: October 21, 2015, 4:47 PM

Scoot Networks Nissan New Mobility Concept

Those city bike rentals are great to get across the city fairly cheaply and quickly, and San Francisco has come up with a solution to make the journey quicker, but what happens when it’s a rainy day?

Nissan is stepping up by supplying the City by the Bay with 10 two-seat electric Scoot Quads for its Scoot Networks mobility service, the 2012 start-up electric transportation company that offers one-way electric scooter rentals (400 in the entire fleet, deployed at about 100 locations mostly in the downtown core) for as little as $2 U.S. per half-hour (with a $19 monthly membership; double that without the plan). Scoot Quads (the company’s first foray onto four wheels) would start at $8 per half hour, and all rentals are capped at 10 hours usage, though they can be rented for up to 12 hours.

“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,” said Rachel Nguyen, executive director, Nissan Future Lab. “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.”

Officially called Nissan New Mobility Concept, the rebadged Renault Twizy is a compact vehicle with a top speed of just 40 km/h, but a range of 65 km (which should be plenty to get across town or even for a round trip). Powered by a 4 kW electric motor, it weighs in at just 474 kg and its 100-kg 6.1 kWh battery (located under the front seat) can be recharged in about 3.5 hours. Although not available for Scoot Networks, there is a larger motor (13 kW) that allows the vehicle to travel 100 km a reach a top speed of 80 km/h.

“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,” said Michael Keating, founder and CEO, Scoot Networks. “We are proud to partner with Nissan to make a new form of urban electric mobility available to our riders.”