I don’t think I’d ever be jealous of French teenagers if it weren’t for the Renault Twizy.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. That? You’re jealous because they get to drive THAT? And to be fair, the funky two-seater looks like the bastard child of a golf cart and a Countach. And with a 6.1 kilowatt-hour li-ion battery and just 13 horsepower, you’re going no more than 60 miles at a blistering 50 mph.
But because it’s so light—a mere 1,045 pounds—French authorities allow anyone over the age of 14 with a road safety certificate to get behind the wheel. Which makes being a teenager in France completely awesome, because they’re driving two years before their peers here in the states.
And now, the Twizy has landed in America, where Renault’s corporate sister, Nissan, has rechristened it the “New Mobility Concept,” a name so bleh I will ignore it and keep saying Twizy.
It’s not for sale, however. It’s being introduced by Scoot Networks, a San Francisco-based electric scooter sharing company. Scoot works like bike sharing programs: You sign up, pay a $19 monthly fee, and use an app to locate available scooters, which you can ride anywhere in the city for $2 per half hour, or $8 for the Twizy. Because the scooters top out at 30 mph, users don’t need a motorcycle license, but must complete a short online safety course.