The battle over placing Tesla taxis on the streets of New York is kicking into excessive gear.
Electrical transportation startup Revel stated late Wednesday it’s going to launch its all-Tesla ride-share service quickly — even supposing the town’s Taxi and Limousine Fee voted this week to bar new for-hire licenses for electrical automobiles.
“You’ll be able to’t cease the long run and also you positively can’t cease my workforce,” stated Revel CEO Frank Reig in a late-night Tweet on Wednesday. “We’ll be launching shortly and I can’t wait to point out New Yorkers the way forward for rideshare!”
Beneath the TLC’s revised guidelines, the company says Revel can solely launch its electrical taxi fleet if the corporate buys 50 for-hire fuel automobiles and swaps their licenses out for Teslas. However Reig has slammed this requirement as “the very definition of limiting market competitors.”
It’s unclear if Reig has had a change of coronary heart and plans to purchase the fuel automobiles — or if Revel plans to launch with out the TLC’s blessing.
Requested about Revel’s plan, an organization spokesperson didn’t present particulars.
“The TLC’s resolution doesn’t change the truth that New York Metropolis wants electrical rideshare and a path to steady employment for drivers,” the spokesperson stated. “Revel is exploring all choices to make this a actuality, and we’re assured that we’ll have the ability to function legally within the close to future.”
Reig will not be the one tech CEO pissed off by the TLC’s resolution. Billionaire Tesla chief Elon Musk weighed-in on the TLC’s resolution on Wednesday, tweeting “??” in response to the Submit’s reporting on the ban.
“The NYC TLC is invested within the success of all of its 275,948 Licensees,” a spokesman for the company stated.