Published: December 29, 2015 | San Fransisco, CA
Nissan unveiled its new smart mobility program in San Fransisco few months back in partnership with Scoot Networks. Dubbed as New Mobility Concept, Nissan is now testing the program on public roads of California.
The vehicle, called a Scoot Quad, has been added to the Scoot Fleet, which services San Francisco and specializes in small electric vehicles (which are pretty much scooters). The tiny car will not be available for consumer purchases, and features an open cabin and smartphone dock. The Scoot Quad, officially called the Nissan New Mobility Concept, is based on the Renault Twizy. The Twizy is taking car-sharing by storm in Europe, so it only makes sense for it to be given a trial run in the US.
According to sources, the Scoot Quad can achieve up to 50 mph, but due to US low-speed vehicle requirements, a governor limits speed to 25 mph. Quite frankly, the fact that a car as small as the Quad might not be fast enough to keep up with traffic is terrifying. The tiny Scoot Quad supposedly has room for two riders, with the non-driving person being forced into a small seat behind the driver. To the casual observer, the vehicle looks more like a golf cart when approaching it, or like the early EVs produced by Global Electric Motorcars.