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