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Revel operates a fleet of 3,000 shared electric mopeds in New York City. 

Revel operates a fleet of 3,000 shared electric mopeds in New York City. 

Photographer: William Mebane for Bloomberg Green
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The Startup With Thousands of Electric Vehicles and Hundreds of Collisions

Revel’s shared mopeds are a real step toward emissions-free transportation—with real risks, too.

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When New York locked down last March, Kurt Yaeger was among those in the city who had to go on working. A neurosurgery resident, he didn’t feel comfortable climbing into an Uber and filling his lungs with the same air as the driver and previous customers. The subway might have been safer, but trains stopped running between 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., so Yaeger was out of luck if he had early rounds at hospitals in the Mount Sinai Health System.

Fortunately, Yaeger discovered that Revel Transit Inc., a Brooklyn-based provider of shared electric mopeds, was offering free memberships to health-care workers. He enjoyed zooming around in the open air. Some of his fellow doctors signed up, too, and they became a more affable version of the Hells Angels. “We felt like a scooter gang, all dressed in our scrubs, going together to different hospitals,” Yaeger says.