Renault’s Twizy arrives in the USA as a Nissan

Nissan is being quite clever with its launch strategy for the New Mobility Concept, a tandem-seat 'light electric vehicle' that's essentially a rebadged Renault Twizy.

Introducing the NMC across the United States as a full retail product would probably have been both expensive and risky. So, to avoid those hassles, Nissan instead decided to team up with Scoot Networks. San Francisco-based Scoot runs a rental service in the city, which thus far has offered electric-powered mopeds only.

Nissan New Mobility Concept 'Scoot Quad' (2015) Front Side

Now ten examples of the four-wheeled NMC – also known as the Scoot Quad – have joined the fleet. A claimed battery range of 40 miles (64 kilometres) and a 25 mph (40 km/h) top speed should prove adequate for running most errands. However, repeated journeys up San Francisco's steeper hills will doubtless affect those figures.

Customers can locate their nearest available Scoot Quad via a smartphone app. Rental costs start at $8 per half-hour, while the twelve-hour day and night rates are currently $80 and $40 respectively.

There are a couple of restrictions that users need to be aware of, though. The Scoot Quad can't be driven on roads with speed limits over 35 mph and it can't be taken across any bridges.

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