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Published on November 2nd, 2015 | by Jo Borrás

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Renault Twizy Comes To US As Nissan New Mobility Concept

November 2nd, 2015 by  

Originally published on Gas2.
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When it was introduced several years, the Renault Twizy was the cheapest electric car you could buy. With a racecar-like central seating position and instant torque, it was one of the most fun, too, with Formula 1 greats like Sebastian Vettel having fun putting a Twizy through its paces both on the track and in a shopping mall. American EV fans, meanwhile, have had to wait. Until now, that is.

Thanks to San Francisco based car and scooter sharing company, Scoot, the Twizy is now available for rentals at the low low price of $8/half hour.

It’s little different from the Renault version, though. For example, the US Twizy is now called the Nissan New Mobility Concept, which is a terrible name. Even so, the little electric car still tops out at around 30 MPH, so it’s technically a moped. That means you don’t need any kind of license to legally drive the thing (although, it should be noted that Scoot does require a license and the completion of a short online safety course).

So, if you’ve been eager to drive a Renault Twizy down some of California’s twistiest roads- or you’re just itchin’ for some driftin‘- head on over to Scoot and check the little car out. If you take a few pics and send them in, we’ll publish them!

Source | Images: Wired Autopia.

Reprinted with permission.


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I've been involved in motorsports and tuning since 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the Important Media network. You can find me on Twitter, Skype (jo.borras) or Google+.



  • Wayne Williamson

    sorry, looks like a glorified golf cart…just say’n….

  • Mike Dill

    So where can I buy one?

  • Marion Meads

    God, save us from the crazy old people who don’t qualify for licenses would now drive these willy nilly into sidewalks or suddenly dart in the middle of the busy road in San Francisco. Vehicles that won’t require drivers licenses like Segways are already a nuisance and now this!

    • Frank

      You do realize this is just one more model. The law hasn’t changed.

      • Marion Meads

        ….”so it’s technically a moped. That means you don’t need any kind of license to legally drive the thing”….

    • Matt

      CA has several type of cycles, you would look at
      https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/motorcycles/motorcycles

      But you can see that the above with 4 wheels is NOT a moped in CA

      A “motorized bicycle” or “moped” is:
      A two or three-wheeled device, capable of no more than 30 mph on level ground, and equipped with:
      – Fully operative pedals for human propulsion.
      – A motor producing less than two gross brake horsepower and an automatic transmission.
      – An electric motor, with or without pedals for human propulsion. (CVC §406(a))

      You should edit you story to say “It is NOT a moped, in CA”

      • SirSparks

        Same in Florida.

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