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Revel Expands Rideshare Program to Astoria and Sunnyside

Revel, known best for its blue electric scooters, operates a ride-hailing service. The service was expanded to Sunnyside and Astoria last week (Photo courtesy of Revel)

Aug. 9, 2022 By Christian Murray

Revel, which launched a ride-hailing service last year, announced last week that it has expanded its coverage area to include Astoria and Sunnyside.

The company, known best for its blue electric scooters, operates a fleet of Tesla vehicles, and its drivers are now picking up and dropping off residents in Astoria and Sunnyside—as well as its other coverage areas such as in Long Island City, Roosevelt Island, Manhattan (below 135th Street) and most of Brooklyn.

Riders can also request drop-offs at LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports.

Revel has been operating a fleet of Tesla Model Y’s since August 2021, where residents within the coverage zone can go on the company’s app and order a car much like Uber and Lyft.

The company differentiates itself from its competitors by operating all-electric vehicles, an environmentally friendly mode of transportation that it says appeals to New Yorkers. Furthermore, the company pays its drivers as employees—with benefits such as health care– as opposed to hiring them as gig workers.

Revel owns and maintains 200 vehicles, which are licensed by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. The company also employs 400 drivers.

The company has slowly rolled out the service since it launched last year, initially operating in Manhattan below 42nd Street. The company has expanded its coverage area since.

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