The little New Mobility Concept cars are being called the "Scoot Quad" by the network who is renting them in San Francisco. These cars are what are generally classified as neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV), meant to drive on surface streets and urban areas, but not on highways or freeways. For getting around in urban environments where parking is scarce, space is limited, and bicycles are prone to theft, these "glorified golf carts" are perfect.
"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."
Scoot Networks runs several light electric vehicle options in its mobility network and the Quad is just another great option for the company's fleet of rentals. The others include electric mopeds and cargo-style electric bicycles. This is their first four-wheel option.
The Nissan New Mobility Concept is actually based on a vehicle called the Twizy built by European partner company Renault. For Nissan's part, though, the Scoot Quad will allow them to gather information about how smaller mobility vehicles are used in urban environments as a part of their overall data gathering on electric transportation options and roles regionally, nationally, and globally.