Revel is turning to an app that simplifies energy use to keep its fleet of more than 3,000 electric mopeds charged without straining New York City’s power grid.
Electricity is a key component for the Brooklyn-based startup, which has recently expanded beyond shared electric mopeds and into e-bike subscriptions, fast-charging infrastructure and even all-EV ride-hailing service. It’s not just about accessing power; Managing when that power is harnessed will be essential for Revell to keep its operating costs as low as possible.
This is where logical building comes in. The software company has developed Grid Rewards, an app that helps customers reduce their monthly energy consumption and earn cash rewards in the process. According to a statement from the companies, the app’s “virtual power plant” software will help Revel dynamically adjust its fleet’s charging schedule to support NYC’s electrical grid resilience.
“As we continue to expand our electric mobility products, we plan to become an asset to the grid rather than a liability,” Paul Suhe, COO and co-founder of Revell, said in a statement. “Our EV infrastructure and charging operations can play a major role in helping to transition NYC to a clean electric grid.”
As EV adoption and shared micromobility services are on the rise, many industry players are looking for ways to transfer energy between batteries and the grid. EV battery swapping company Ample says its swapping stations can be used to generate backup power in an emergency, and even Ford’s new pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning, in the event of an outage. Can power your home.
In Revel’s case, the company hopes to provide services to the grid such as “demand response” operations, where charging stations reduce load to provide immediate relief to the grid, something the company did in NYC. During the heat wave of the week of June 28, the mobility company adjusted its fleet charging schedule to avoid peak demand times.
Revell says that avoiding times of peak demand also helps create a cleaner grid because when energy demand is high, sources of electricity generation emit twice as much carbon dioxide and 20 times as much nitrogen oxides per unit of electricity. Huh.
Ravel also has a fleet of Teslas for all-EV ridehailing service, which has had to halt its services due to a cap imposed on new hire vehicles in the city. But for the time being, the company will implement this technology from its e-moped only.
“As transportation electrifies, it is imperative that electric mobility companies schedule their charging operations to promote grid resilience,” David Klatt, Logical Buildings’ VP of Operations, said in a statement. “Revel is taking the necessary steps to ensure it is a leader in intelligent charging operations, leading the way for the smooth electrification and decarbonization of NYC.”