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Revel Brings Electric Moped Rentals to Brooklyn

Revel electric moped
Revel electric moped via Revel Transit

If you want to feel the wind in your hair and your Lyft driver is giving you a weird look for sticking your head out the window, give one of the electric mopeds from Revel Brooklyn a try.

For the first time in NYC, Revel is bringing app-based rental electric mopeds to the streets. They are more powerful than an electric bicycle, but do not require a new type of driver's license like a motorcycle.

The moped-sharing program will begin in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick with 68 vehicles, and riders can roam anywhere in Brooklyn and Queens, but cannot cross into Manhattan. Revel says they are looking to expand across the East River, but do not give a reason for the restriction. The mopeds are registered NY vehicles, are covered by the company's insurance in the event of any damage, and are limited to 30mph, which will let you zip around most city surface streets.

To get started, Revel will charge $25 to check that your driver's license is valid and that you have a clean driving record. You must also be 21+ years old. Once you're approved, open the Revel app to locate and unlock a moped. A helmet is included in the trunk and required for the ride. The first 20 minutes cost $4 and each additional minute is 25ยข while riding or 5ยข while parked. Once you are done, it will need to be returned to the Williamsburg / Greenpoint / Bushwick area and parked legally on the street or your account will be charged an extra fee.

The program is the first of its kind in NYC, but is similar to Scoobi in Pittsburg and Scoot in San Francisco. Thankfully with a better name. ๐Ÿ›ต

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