July 30, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
A ride-sharing service focusing on electric mopeds has launched in North Brooklyn today, making it the first of its kind among other ride-sharing services in New York City.
Revel, the name of the company, aims to provide the “missing link” in the city’s transportation network with a fun, environmentally-friendly service.
The ride-sharing service works like Car2Go, where users can find an available e-moped within the North Brooklyn operating area through an smartphone app, and ride anywhere within Brooklyn and Queens, even pausing in between.
Users, however, are not allowed to cross bridges into Manhattan, Staten Island, or the Bronx, and are subject to fines between $50 and $150 for doing so.
At the end of the ride, the e-moped must be returned to the designated home operating area within the Williamsburg, Greenpoint, or Bushwick neighborhoods.
The ride charges $4.00 for the first 20 minutes, with $0.25 cents per minute after that. Users will also have to pay $0.05 cents per minute to park and pause their ride.
In addition, a one-time $25 driver’s license verification fee is also part of the costs, but the first two 20-minute rides are free for new users.
“We are excited to bring a new, innovative transit solution to one of the busiest hubs in the world,” said Frank Reig, a trained chef with a background in environmental policy and co-founder of Revel Transit. “By providing a reliable means of getting around neighborhoods poorly served by existing transit, we will help New Yorkers get where they need to go.”
Users need to be 21 and over to drive, and must have a registered U.S. driver’s license and credit card to use the service. Inexperienced moped riders can also sign up to get a free lesson on how to ride the vehicle after registering.
The e-mopeds are unlocked directly from the smartphone app, and include two helmets for the rider to choose from to wear. Only one rider, however, is allowed per e-moped.
The e-mopeds do not have keys, and are operated by switches on and between the handlebars. At the end of the ride, the mopeds can be parked in a legal spot anywhere within the home operating area.
The co-founders boast that the service is affordable, safe, environmentally friendly, and space spacing in a city continuously vying for parking and storage space.
“As a quick and efficient mode of transportation, we look forward to e-mopeds becoming an integrated part of the city’s transit system, especially in areas under-served by existing infrastructure,” said Paul Suhey, an engineer and co-founder of Revel Transit.
For more information on the vehicle and regulations when using the service, visit www.RevelTransit.com