Transportation in NYC is swiftly changing. With the subway increasingly becoming more of a pain to deal with (and more expensive), and ride share programs now getting city fees (a.k.a. more expensive and/or less service), it’s no wonder why people are turning to other forms of transportation to get around the city. First Citi Bikes, then dockless bikes, and now e-mopeds—likely the most exciting, too!
A new moped-sharing startup, Revel, launched 68 rentable electric mopeds in Brooklyn this week in Bushwick, Greenpoint, and Williamsburg. Through their app you can locate one of their available e-mopeds and reserve it up to 15 minutes in advance. Then pick it up and ride anywhere with Brooklyn and Queens. You can even pause your ride in between by using the app. However, for now Revel is limited to these two areas because drivers are not allowed to take the e-mopeds over bridges quite yet.
New users will be given two free 20-minute rides, but will have to pay a one-time driver’s license verification fee of $25. After that (and once you’ve used your first two free rides) you can rent out a moped for $4 for the first 20 minutes of every ride. After the 20 minutes are up, you’ll be charged $0.25 per minutes, and then $0.05 per minute to park and pause your ride.
And a major plus when it comes to ride sharing modes of transportation—no surge pricing!