The Nissan New Mobility Concept, also known as a Scoot Quad, is a 100-percent electric, two-seater compact vehicle with a range of 40 miles and top speed of 25 mph — perfect for driving in urban areas.
“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.”
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.
“Scoot isn’t just for scooters,” said Michael Keating, founder and CEO, Scoot Networks. “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.”
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 boasts an EPA-rated 107 miles 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.
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.
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.