Brooklyn e-scooter company Revel is launching a brand new e-bike rental subscription service this month, including a brand new subscription service to fulfill New York’s bicycle market surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, in keeping with the company’s chief.
“We’re going deeper into the two-wheeled space,” Revel co-founder and chief govt officer Frank Reig informed Brooklyn Paper. “If you look at where cycling has gone, it’s completely boomed since COVID last summer, and that trend is only going to magnify.”
The company recognized for its omnipresent blue scooters will provide battery-powered bicycles by Big Apple producer Wing Bikes for hire at $99 per 30 days for residents of Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan.
The waitlist to order the two-wheelers opened Tuesday, and Revel will ship its secure of buzz bikes to subscribers early March.
“We’ll roll out with a few hundred, but we anticipate demand to skyrocket, so we expect to scale pretty quickly,” stated Revel’s head of mopeds Anne Emig.
The e-bikes include a traditional U-lock and a detachable 36-volt battery, which might final for 45 miles of driving. They can velocity as much as 20 miles-per-hour (the authorized restrict for electrical bicycles is 25 miles-per-hour) powered both by throttle or pedal-assist.
The company additionally provides subscribers a 70 % markdown on a Revel-branded helmet by Fend, which might fold to half its measurement and retails for $119, together with free 24-hour upkeep “normal bike issues,” in keeping with the agency.
The City Council legalized throttle-powered e-bikes within the Five Boroughs last summer, following a legislation change on the state stage, however the two-wheelers have been the mode of transport of alternative for supply staff since nicely earlier than they turned lawful.
Pedal-assist bikes additionally turned extra of a typical sight final year when Citi Bike introduced again its secure of docked battery-powered bicycles — which max out at 18 miles-per-hour and don’t have a throttle — after an virtually year-long hiatus as a result of among the blue bikes had a penchant for sending riders flying over the handlebars and bursting into flames.
Wing additionally sells their bikes for $1,298 and in 2019 tried to get a similar rent service going at $108 per 30 days, pitching this system as cheaper than a month-to-month limitless MetroCard, Streetsblog reported.
Revel’s new program is barely cheaper however considerably dearer than a Citi Bike membership, which is $179 for a year, or $15 per 30 days. However you don’t get to maintain the e-bike and there’s a 10-cent-per-minute surcharge whereas driving.
E-bikes is the second new enterprise for Revel inside a month, after the company unveiled its new “superhub” electrical car charging station on the former Pfizer manufacturing facility on the Williamsburg-Bedford-Stuyvesant border on Feb. 3, and Reig stated these strikes have been a “continuation of our vision to electrify cities.”
The startup first rolled out its scooters in Bushwick in 2018 earlier than spreading to extra components of Brooklyn and different boroughs throughout the next years.
Last summer time, amid heightened recognition of the scooter sharing service, three riders crashed and died, resulting in Revel deactivating its New York fleet for a month, earlier than returning with a slew of latest necessary security measures, similar to a helmet selfie and a 21-question a number of alternative take a look at concerning the guidelines of the highway that riders should full earlier than driving the two-wheelers.
When requested whether or not the company was shifting away from its flagship scooters, Reig stated “absolutely not,” and added that their 3,000-strong fleet will stay an important a part of their business.
“As New York City comes out of this lockdown, that option that we’ve had since 2018 is only going to be more valuable to New York City,” he stated.