Revel expands NYC rideshare fleet with new EV, joining Tesla Model Y and 3

Credit: Revel

Revel is expanding its rideshare fleet in New York City with the addition of a new electric vehicle model: the Kia Niro.

Revel plans to add nearly 50 units of the Niro to its fleet of more than 230 Tesla Model Y and Model 3 vehicles, giving rides to New Yorkers in all five boroughs, parts of northern New Jersey, and all three major New York City Airports.

Revel has been looking to expand its fleet of EVs with additional models outside of Teslas for some time, Keith Williams, VP of Rideshare Operations for Revel, said. Diversification of the fleet is something that is needed as the EV sector continues to mature. However, Tesla vehicles “will remain the bulk of our fleet,” Williams added.

Credit: Revel

The Kia Niro packs 253 miles of range and has 201 horsepower thanks to a 64.8 kWh battery that also can be fast charged using Revel’s public charging stations.

It also has a five-star ANCAP safety rating, joining both the Model 3 and Model Y with top marks for crash safety, keeping riders and drivers safe in the instance of an accident.

Revel has worked long and hard to expand its fleet, expand its rideshare locations, and offer competitive and stable careers for rideshare drivers.

The company currently employs more than 850 New Yorkers under the W2 employment model. This gives them guaranteed hourly wages, health insurance, 401 (k) investments, and PTO, among other benefits.

It was not always a walk in the park for Revel to obtain its licenses for the first 50 Model Ys it added to its fleet. You can read all about that here.

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Joey Klender: Joey has been a journalist covering electric mobility at TESLARATI since August 2019. In his time at TESLARATI, Joey has broken several big stories, including the first images of the Tesla Model S Plaid, the imminent release of the 4680 Model Y through EPA certification, and several expansions to the Lucid AMP-1 factory in Arizona, to name a few. His stories have been featured in several publications, including Yahoo! Finance, Fox News, CNET, and Seeking Alpha. In his spare time, Joey is playing golf, watching MMA, or cheering on any of his favorite sports teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, Miami Heat, Washington Capitals, and Penn State Nittany Lions. You can get in touch with joey at He is also on Twitter @KlenderJoey.
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