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


...a Superhub in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, with 25 Level 3 chargers. This will make it the largest universal fast charging depot in the Americas, the company said.


The addition of Revel’s 49 Model Ys broadens New York City’s small fleet of electrified taxis. 120,000 licensed vehicles already navigate through the city’s five boroughs, and there is not room for many more cars.


However, the TLC is fully supportive of a transition to electrification, and it expects several agencies to make a more conscious effort toward introducing electric powertrains in the coming years.


“The TLC is fully committed to a 100% electrified future, just not at the cost of additional congestion,” Fromberg told Teslarati.


For Revel, it has been a long and drawn-out process. The company’s attempts to gain licenses for its Model Y fleet started in March. After the 5-to-1 vote that approved the banishment of the EV exemption for taxis, Revel’s already-submitted applications were ultimately approved. A company spokesperson told Tesarati that Revel did not anticipate the approval of the licenses.


Fromberg, who has been the TLC’s deputy chief of public relations for several years, said the agency was legally required to review and process Revel’s applications because they were submitted prior to June 25, three days after the vote took place.


“Revel applied for a base license in the late spring and submitted applications for electric cars ahead of the June 22 vote. The Yellow Taxi market is rebounding and ridership has increased steadily since the city’s reopening,” Fromberg told Teslarati.


Revel CEO Frank Reig said, “The initial response from the public has been overwhelming, and we can’t wait to start serving New Yorkers who care as much about the city’s future as we do. With our all-electric rideshare fleet and fast-charging Superhub network, we’re investing in a zero-carbon transportation future. We’d like to thank Commissioner Jarmoszuk and the TLC for supporting New York City’s climate goals, and working with us to get the city’s first all-electric, all-employee driven fleet on the road.”


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