Company launches shared electric mopeds in Austin

Revel launched 1,000 shared electric mopeds in Austin on Nov. 1. (Courtesy Revel)
Revel launched 1,000 shared electric mopeds in Austin on Nov. 1. (Courtesy Revel)

Revel launched 1,000 shared electric mopeds in Austin on Nov. 1. (Courtesy Revel)

A shared electric vehicle company launched 1,000 mopeds in the city of Austin on Nov. 1.

Revel, a New York-based company, announced Austin as its third city Oct. 30.

“Austin is experiencing a period of incredible business and population growth and with that comes the need for new transportation options,” said Frank Reig, CEO and co-founder of Revel, in a news release. “We share the city’s commitment to innovation and rider safety and are excited to offer Austinites an easy, affordable and fun way to move throughout their city.”

To use the mopeds, riders must be 21 years old, have a valid driver's license and pass an initial safe-driving record background check, according to Revel.

The dockless mopeds are available to rent for $1 to unlock and then $0.25 per minute to ride and $0.10 a minute to pause a ride. Riders are restricted to ending their rides on the mopeds within the Central Austin area, but may ride them throughout the city using the pause feature, according to Revel.


Revel is also offering its Access program for riders who are eligible for federally administered assistance programs. These riders would qualify to receive a 40% discount on rides as well a a $25 credit, according to Revel.

Riders can learn more about Revel and download the app at www.gorevel.com/app.
By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two cats.