The two-seater Twizy will be marketed by Scoot Networks as the Scoot Quad, described as a “four-wheeled scooter”. It will carry a Nissan badge, and be officially called “New Mobility Concept”. It is the result of a “research project” between Nissan and Scoot Networks to “study the future of transportation”. For now, 10 Quads will join the fleet of about 400 electric scooters available in the streets of San Francisco. A half-hour rental of a Quad will cost $16, or $8 with a $19 monthly subscription.
Over 15,000 of the small Twizy have been sold by Renault since its introduction in Europe in 2012. They come in two versions, a 4 kW version and a 13 kW model, both with a 6.1 kWh lithium battery. Scoot Networks’ Nissan New Mobility Concept is based on the 13 kW-motorized model. It was modified by Nissan to meet the specifications of the Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) category, which has a top-speed limit of 25 mph. The range of the Quad is 40 miles.
It will be interesting to see if these vehicles can be successful in the US, and it seems that Nissan is using this experiment to test the American market. Renault announced recently that it will be marketing the Twizy in Canada, so it is more than likely that these “four-wheeled scooters” will soon be available in both countries.