According to the company, the site at 630 Broadway will be the largest universal fast-charging depot in North America, with 30 chargers open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will be accessible to owners of any electric vehicle.
“Revel is building the infrastructure of the future and we’re building it now,” said Frank Reig, Revel’s CEO and co-founder. “Our planet can’t wait.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring fast charging to our home borough of Brooklyn,” he added, “and get to work on the first of many superhubs to come in 2021.”
The company plans to build a network of charging hubs across New York City to promote the use of electric vehicles. The former Pfizer building, once the headquarters of the pharmaceutical giant, is now used to house small businesses and startups.
Jeff Rosenblum is co-founder of Acumen Capital Partners, which now owns the building.
“Our mission with the Pfizer building has been to transform a historic site into a home for forward-thinking companies, and electrification truly is the future,” he said. “We’re excited to give the space new life once again by hosting Revel’s first fast chargers.”
In 2018, Revel first launched its shared fleet of electric mopeds in Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick. It has since expanded to four New York City boroughs, Washington, D.C., Miami, San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley.
Through its app, users can rent the blue Revel mopeds or use its new vehicle-charging stations.
Last July, however, the company suspended service in New York City after the deaths of three users in separate incidents just 10 days apart.
On July 18, 26-year-old television reporter Nina Kapur died after falling off a Revel in Greenpoint. Ten days later, 32-year-old Jeremy Malave from Cypress Hills lost control of his moped near Woodhaven Boulevard and 67th Drive in Rego Park, fatally striking a light pole on a center median.
In August, Revel was allowed to resume service after making several safety changes, including confirming that users wore helmets, requiring users to answer a safety quiz, and adding GPS tracking to its fleet.
The electric charging station at the north Brooklyn site will use the company Tritium’s new RTM75 model for the first 10 chargers, which are set to go live in the spring. This model provides electric vehicle drivers with 100 additional miles in roughly 20 minutes, according to the company.
“Critical projects like this bring the convenience of fast charging to vibrant city neighborhoods like Brooklyn,” said Mike Calise, Tritium’s president of the Americas. “The e-mobility revolution is here, and this charging depot is a necessary step towards giving New Yorkers the confidence to make the switch to electric, while reducing emissions and improving air quality across the city.”