Green light for New York e-scooter sharing programme


New York City startup Revel Transit has finished its nine-month electric scooter (e-scooter) sharing pilot project.

The trial which started with 68 e-scooters, has resulted in the deployment of 1,000 of the vehicles on Brooklyn and Queens streets.

The initial trial was limited to the “Bushwick, Williamsburg or Greenpoint neighbourhoods” and has now been expanded to more than 20 city neighbourhoods.

 “During the nine-month pilot, we learned what worked well, what needed fixing and what users wanted from the service going forward,” said Revel co-founder and CEO Frank Reig.

Safety first

Whilst city officials have been concerned with adding more active vehicles onto the city’s notoriously busy roads, Revel have been sure to gain proper safety certification, and have followed the appropriate safety channels, whilst also ensuring that the app registration includes a drivers licence inspection fee. The company also insists on the use of crash-helmets.

The NGT scooters by Niu in use are powered by a 2.4kWh lithium-ion battery park, which powers a 3kW motor that allows for a top speed of 43mph (69km/h) with a range of 100 kilometers, but Revel have limited the top speed to 30 mph (48km/h) for safety reasons.

“don’t be cheeky and try to take it into Manhattan.”

The payment model works on an elapsed-time basis, charging $1 to activate the e-scooter, and $0.25 per minute for use, with a charge time of about 3.5 hours, but Revel warns its users not to venture too far, saying “don’t be cheeky and try to take it into Manhattan.”

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