Electric Renault Twizy reborn as Nissan Scoot in San Francisco (w/Video)

Scoot is a San Francisco mobility company that operates a vehicle sharing network using 300 motorbikes. Pick it up here; leave it there. Pay only for the time you use it. Many people think this is the future of mobility in densely populated cities.

Now, Scoot has added a new vehicle to its fleet — 10 Renault Twizys rebranded as Nissans. The quirky French electric cars have been around since 2012 and are used by Nissan in car sharing services in Japan. This is the first time the Twizy has made an appearance in America, though.

The Twizy is a semi-enclosed electric car that is designed to fulfill basic transportation needs, It seats two, one behind the other. It uses a 13 kilowatt motor that makes 17 horsepower — barely enough to move one person up some of San Francisco’s steeper hills, never mind two.

New users are required to take a one hour orientation course before driving. After that, you can go anywhere within Scoot’s service area. Just leave the car plugged in when you are done.

Posted by Thomas Langenbucher

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