Nissan has added the Scoot Quad to the electric vehicle fleet known as the Scoot Networks mobility service that is active in San Francisco, in California.
Also known as the New Mobility Concept, the Scoot Quad is the first four-wheeled vehicle to join the ranks of the Scoot Networks fleet, which, as of October 17, operated only 400 custom-made electric scooters that can run up to 25 miles on a single electric charge.
These scooters are ideal for short hops around the city to run errands, visit friends or just to explore the iconic Californian city. The Scoot Quad, on the other hand, features a longer range of 40 miles but a slower top speed of 25 mph – the smaller scooters can go up to 30 mph.
In addition to the scooters, the Scoot Networks service also offered a classic electric moped and cargo vehicle, also powered by electricity. Using the Scoot app, residents in the Bay Area can use their mobile phones to find an available Scoot Quad or any electric vehicle in the Scoot Networks fleet.
Rates are at $8 for a 30-minute ride. People who want to have a full day’s use of the Scoot Networks’ vehicles have to pay only $80. Scoot Networks’ CEO Michael Keating clarified that, despite the name, the Scoot Networks is not exclusively a scooter-based service.
He explained that Scoot is all about vehicles that are electric and can be fun to ride in. Keating expressed his excitement at partnering with Nissan to bring the Scoot Quad to the Scoot Networks and introduce a new form of electric transportation to the riders who use the Scoot app.
Nissan Future Lab’s executive director Rachel Nguyen described the Scoot Networks as the ideal partner for its research into a futuristic transport system in response to rapid city-based growth around the world.
With the partnership, Nissan can tap into the Scoot Networks’ commitment to meeting the rapidly changing transport demands in San Francisco and its desire to bring down emissions to zero while still providing mobility options.
With the partnership in place, Nissan can now conduct further research into the growing role of electric vehicles in general transportation and how it can response to the evolving needs of the transport sector. This will be Nissan’s fifth year in its drive to introduce economical and environment-friendly electric vehicles to the global market.
It began its effort in December 2010 with the delivery of a Nissan LEAF to a Bay Area buyer. Since then, it has shipped 192,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles around the world and roughly 86,000 in the United States alone. It has also gone a long way in developing its technology for electric vehicles as well – the company has reportedly succeeded in driving the SV and SL models of the 2016 edition of the Nissan LEAF to 107 miles on a single electric charge.
The new LEAF is the first electric vehicle in its price range to achieve a mileage of more than 100 miles on a single charge.