Monday, 26 July 2021 23:09

Tesla Model Y Taxi Fleet from Revel Set for NYC Launch After Regulatory Mix Up

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati


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Revel, a New York City-based ridesharing company, will launch its fleet of Tesla Model Y taxis in the Big Apple in early August after a mix-up with NYC’s regulatory agency, the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC).

The approved and soon-to-be-launched fleet of Model Y taxis will hit New York City streets Aug. 2, according to Revel executives.


In mid-June, it was reported by several news media outlets the NYC TLC had successfully blocked the inclusion of Revel’s Tesla Model Y taxis, citing a stoppage on issuing new-for-hire taxi licenses for electric cars. However, the story was blown widely out of proportion through what TLC spokesperson Allan Fromberg called “a giant game of telephone.”


In reality, the city placed a capacity limitation on the number of approved taxi licenses in 2018, halting the issuance of new taxi licenses for all vehicles, not just electric ones.


Cries of conspiracy floated through the EV community, failing to accept the unfortunate verdict placed upon Revel’s all-electric, sustainable fleet of taxi cabs donning the notorious Tesla “T.” However, the TLC has granted Revel 49 licenses, according to Fromberg, covering all but one vehicle in the company’s Model Y fleet.


Of the 49, 15 have been inspected and approved for operation as early as the first week of August. The New York Daily News, which initially covered the story, said 35 others will roll out when they are inspected and approved for ride-hailing services.


The fleet will operate south of 42nd Street in Manhattan, stretching down to the tip of the island. Revel told Teslarati it will consider growing into other neighborhoods and boroughs once the company has more of an idea of where the fleet is being used most frequently.


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