REVEL ANNOUNCES RESUMPTION OF ELECTRIC MOPED SHARING SERVICE IN MIAMI
Following a pause in March, Revel restarts operations in partnership with the Miami Parking Authority
Shared electric vehicle company Revel announced today that it is officially resuming operations in Miami, following a pause that began in March.
Revel’s service will be available starting at 9 AM ET today with an initial fleet of 200 mopeds. Revel’s pause in March was the result of a Miami-Dade County emergency order that required shared mobility providers to cease operations in light of COVID-19. The order was lifted effective September 14th, allowing Revel to restart operations with the implementation of enhanced cleaning protocols. The new protocols include cleaning of the mopeds and helmets every day by Revel’s technicians, and providing users with a disinfecting wipe in every helmet case to self-clean the vehicle and helmet. All Revels come with disposable helmet liners, and Revel urges riders to follow CDC guidelines like washing their hands before and after using the mopeds.
“We’re excited to help Miami get around again with Revel, whether that means commuting, exploring the city, or supporting newly-reopened local businesses,” said Frank Reig, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Revel. “Thank you to Miami-Dade County for making the space for Revel to return, and thank you to the Miami Parking Authority for their ongoing partnership and support.”
Revel originally launched in Miami in December 2019 after being selected by the Miami Parking Authority (MPA) as Miami’s sole provider of shared electric mopeds. Revel’s Miami operations are conducted in partnership with the MPA to ensure the company meets local communities’ needs as best as possible.
“As Miami reactivates its plan to reopen the City, we are excited to see Revel resume operations to help support the transportation needs of the public who is returning to work, shop and dine,” said Alejandra Argudin, Chief Executive Office of the Miami Parking Authority. “An integrated multimodal system of transportation can help spur economic development.”
Revel is available to licensed drivers who sign up through the company’s app, which they can then use to find, reserve, and unlock the moped of their choice parked within the service area. All riders are required to watch an instructional video before their first ride, and must take a 21 question safety training. Miami riders can take the training starting now, and as of October 12th will be required to complete it to continue riding. Each Revel can carry up to two riders, is limited to local streets, and is capped at a speed of 30 miles per hour. Revel rides cost $1 per person to start and then $0.35 per minute.
Each Revel moped is equipped with two U.S. DOT-certified helmets that must be worn at all times. Revel requires all riders to take a selfie at the beginning of their rental to show that they are wearing a helmet. If there is a passenger on the ride, they are required to take a helmet selfie as well. The company also offers U.S. DOT-certified helmets for sale on its website for $35 (plus tax and $10 for shipping and handling).
As part of its commitment to Miami and its rejection of the gig economy, Revel hires locally for good jobs with access to benefits. Revel also operates its Access Program in Miami, allowing riders who are eligible for or actively participating in local, state, or federal assistance programs to receive a 40 percent discount on rides. Active military and veterans are eligible to receive a 20 percent discount on rides. Revel offers free, in-person lessons seven days a week fo r Miamians interested in sharpening their riding skills. Lessons are held at Revel’s Miami warehouse and can be booked through the app. Miami riders are covered by third-party liability insurance and are required to abide by all local traffic and parking laws. The Revel app is available in Spanish and Creole for Miamians who speak those languages.
Revel is a shared electric vehicle company that helps people who live and work in cities get where they need to go in a safe, reliable, and fun way. Qualified riders use the Revel app to unlock and ride a licensed, regulated, and insured electric moped parked within the service area. Revel provides two helmets with each vehicle. The company was founded in March 2018 by Frank Reig and Paul Suhey with a small pilot program in Brooklyn, and currently serves New York City, Washington, D.C., Austin, Miami, and California’s Bay Area. To get started, visit GoRevel.com , and check out @_GoRevel on Twitter.