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Nissan partners with Scoot Networks mobility service with 10 Nissan New Mobility Concept EVs

Nissan has provided 10 all-electric Nissan New Mobility Concept vehicles to the Scoot Networks mobility service in San Francisco. The Nissan New Mobility Concept, also known as a Scoot Quad, is a battery-electric, two-seater compact vehicle with a range of 40 miles (64 km) and top speed of 25 mph (40 km/h), based on Renault’s Twizy. Nissan is also testing the EV in car sharing services in Japan. (Earlier post.)

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 currently comprises 400 customized electric scooters that go up to 30 mph (48 km/h) and have a range of 20 to 25 miles (32 to 40 km). 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.

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Nissan has been making electric vehicles available to the mass market for nearly five years. Since the first Nissan LEAF delivery to a Bay Area resident in December 2010, Nissan has sold more than 192,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles globally and about 86,000 in the United States. Nissan also recently announced that the new 2016 LEAF features an EPA-rated 107 miles (172 km) of range on the SV and SL models, making Nissan LEAF the first affordably priced electric car to get more than 100 miles of range on a single charge.

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.

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.

—Rachel Nguyen, executive director, Nissan Future Lab

To use Scoot, Bay Area residents 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.

Scoot Networks, launched in 2012, is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

Comments

mahonj

Small electric urban vehicles are a good idea, but they won't help the traffic much if they are still 2 people wide.
I suppose there is a tradeoff between width, convenience and safety. The wider, the safer, the narrower, the less congestion it will cause, but you get less protection (from crashes and the elements).
+ it looks expensive to rent.

Thomas Lankester

But the Scoot Quad / Twizy is only 1 person wide.

mahonj

@TL,
Indeed, you are right but it is 1.2m wide so you can't filter between cars like a bike, though you could just about get 2 side by side at a traffic light.

Rif

@mahonj
> Small electric urban vehicles are a good idea, but they won't help the traffic much if they are still 2 people wide.

It is shorter than a normal car, so it takes up less space. Also it will be much easier to find a parking space for a vehicle this size.

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