The Renault Twizy Comes To San Francisco In The Form Of The Scoot Quad – Video Review Of What It’s Like

NOV 11 2015 BY JAY COLE 16

For most EV enthusiasts around the world, we know all about Renault’s quirky Twizy, 2 seat quadricyle.  A fun little commuter/errand vehicle that can travel up to 60 miles (NEDC) in a couple trim levels – the Urban 45 and 80, that can travel at up to 45 km/h (28 mph) and 80 km/h (50mph) respectively.

It's The Renault Twizy, Nissan New Mobility Concept ... Or How About The Scoot Quad?

It’s Not The Renault Twizy, Or The Nissan New Mobility Concept … It’s The Scoot Quad

And for those residing in the North America (outside of Quebec, Canada anyway), you also know you can’t buy the all-electric Renault here.

But as this CNET video walks us through, if you are in San Francisco you can take it for a spin in a car sharing trial program that sees the Renault rebadged as a Nissan New Mobility Concept, and then launched again as the “Scoot Quad“.

For the US, only a model akin to the Urban 45 model is available (as it is limited to 25mph) – which means you have to stick to “low speed” roads, and is also rated at a more conservative 40 miles of range for US drivers more familiar with the realistic range estimates of the EPA.

Editor’s Note (Update):  As mentioned by JP in the comments we should note/make clear that the actual motor in the NMC/Scoot is the 13 kW variety found in the Twizy Urban 80, not the 4kW found in the base model – so top speed of the Urban 45/performance of the Urban 80

Details/Costs per Scoot:


• $1 of electricity  to fill ‘er up from a normal wall outlet
• Gets the equivalent of 250 MPG (after doing the math to convert the electrical energy to dirty gas equivalent)
• Produces 6% of the CO2 per mile of a car (including the emissions from the power plants that make the electricity)


• US drivers license and Scoot membership required
• Carries two people — that’s what the backseat is for!
• No freeways, bridges, or roads with speed limits over 35 MPH


• On the Pro Plan: rides are $8/half-hour, 24/7
• On the Go Plan: rides are $8/half-hour, except $16/half-hour during weekday rush hour (M-F, 7-10a & 4-7p)
• On the No Plan: rides are $16/half-hour, 24/7

Day Rate: $80 flat (7am-7pm)

Night Rate: $40 flat (7pm-7am)

If interested, more info can be found at the Scoot homepage here, hat tip to offib!

Categories: Nissan, Renault


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16 Comments on "The Renault Twizy Comes To San Francisco In The Form Of The Scoot Quad – Video Review Of What It’s Like"

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“For the US, only the Urban 45 model is available (limited to 25mph)”
So sad :'(

We should cry about the price to rent it! Waahh!

Parking in San Francisco is mind-bogglingly difficult. As long as Nissan can make parking convenient, creating lots of stations and getting legal clearance for parking sideways on the street, $8 a half hour might be worthwhile for tourists; they’ll waste hours of their limited time looking to park a normal rental car at multiple attractions.

In Europe, you see these things parked up on the sidewalks by the bikes & scooters. In the US scooters can park at bike racks. Maybe the Twizy would be legal too.

Yep, Imported the WRONG model.
Oh America.

Saw one of those last week on Market. The driver wore just a T-shirt and was shivering.

That said; I’m all for these. Hopefully they’ll replace the two-stroke GoCars out of Fisherman’s Wharf.

Just to mention. The well known OVMS-Module ( ) is supporting the Twizy as well. With the addition that you can also tweak a lot of the Power Settings of it’s Engine Controller. Just have a look at the corresponding User Guide:

Well, it’s a total difference to be able to drive 110kph with the Twizy80. According to the Doc the Twizy45 can go up to 78kph… 😉

It is not the Urban 45. According to Scoot, it is the version with the 13 kW motor.

It would be very interesting to see a price/performance comparison between the 25 mph Twizy, and one of the new lithium GEMs.

Interesting. In Germany is only one such limitation and that is that on _every_ Autobahn (even if there would be a speed limit of 30km/h e.g. because of damages) no vehicles are permitted that have a maximum speed of 60km/h or less (according to the papers). So with the bigger Twizy you’re even allowed to drive on the Autobahn. But the truck driver will hate you resp. overtake you if you don’t drive 85-90km/h (despite of the fact, that the speed limit for them is 80km/h there).

The Twizy with 45km/h has that speed limit because of EU-fools. In most countries, within the cities is a general speed limit of 50km/h. Why the didn’t permit that or even a little bit more like 55km/h?!


It isn’t really a problem to drive it on the Autobahn. The Twizy 80 runs 84km/h and you’ll find a lot of trucks that are driving at that speed. I use it every day to commute 24km to work and 16km are highway. There is even a ODB-II module available, that you can plugin and you get 94km/h (with German TÜV)..

Nissan should definitely open those Scoots up but I think there are probably restricted by the rental company due to insurance…

You probably mean the same as already mentioned in

He says 110km/h. Ok, range will probably decrease when driving higher speeds 😉

But if you increase the max speed at a Twizy 45, you may geht trouble with a small scooter license 😉

BTW: It’s hard to find an insurance on the German web for a Twizy, at least for the faster one that need a normal license plate (=no insurance license plate). There’s like never a category for Quads etc. (is that a valid English term?).


Death trap even at 25mph.

A Smart EV would be a much safer choice.

maybe no cabs anymore in the not-so-distant future – once these scooters can autodrive to parking