LOS ANGELES -- In a small shared office not far from Venice Beach in Los Angeles, Nissan Motor Co. is gazing into the far-off future. And it doesn't look a lot like a Titan pickup or a Maxima sport sedan.
It looks more like -- well, frankly it looks a little like one of those baseball bullpen carts that used to deliver relief pitchers to the mound.
Nissan has partnered to supply 10 of its Nissan New Mobility Concept vehicles -- redubbed the Scoot Quad -- to a San Francisco pay-by-the-hour ride-sharing venture called Scoot Networks. The electric minicars go 25 mph. They offer a scant 40-mile range. And nobody thinks for a minute these thermoplastic bugs are going to displace the Nissan Rogue crossover or the fireball thrill of driving a 600-hp GT-R Nismo.