Scooter-sharing company Revell plans to launch an all-electric e-Hell car fleet in May to bump Uber, it said on Wednesday – but the city says: not so soon.
The controversial company, which lost three riders in fatal accidents last summer, slowed the expansion of its “moped-share” program and went on electric bikes and rented cars.
On Wednesday, the company said that the Taxi and Limousine Commission had approved the launch of its 50-car All-Tesla fleet, which Revell claims will be owned by full-time drivers – unlike companies like Uber and Lyft, Which are in the form of independent cities. Unapproved Contractors
But TLC said no such approval had been granted – and accused Revell of trying to take advantage of existing regulations to encourage existing drivers to have electric vehicles.
“TLC hired vehicles because supply is already exceeding demand. Electric battery waivers exist to encourage already licensed cars to go green, not to flood the already saturated marker or to dissolve the Yellow Taxi sector in Manhattan, “TLC’s Chairman Allayasi Heredia Jarmozz said in a statement.
“This rider-share scheme deviates from the spirit of those rules, and TLC will not cut corners in doing its full diligence.”
Revell representatives said the plans fall completely under TLC rules. He said that acknowledging receipt of the company’s application, the TLC email insisted that the company be a sure condition for obtaining the license.
“The TLC licensing process is not a discretionary process and we do not anticipate any issues complying with all TLC rules and regulations,” Revell CEO and co-founder Frank Reig said in a statement.
Frax is not the first face-off between Rewa and City Hall.
After three user deaths in 10 days last summer, Revel suspended its moped program for a month at the behest of the Department of Transportation.
The company resumed operations in August with the Beef-Up Safety Protocol, and has yet to see another user in New York City.