GM has been using the Chevy Bolt EV electric car has an anchor vehicle for its car-sharing network, Maven.
Now they are using it again today by sending 20 Chevy Bolt EVs to Austin.
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Maven is GM’s own car-sharing and mobility platform which also includes a special rental service called ‘Maven Gig’ just for ride-sharing drivers, like Lyft and Uber drivers.
The all-electric Chevy Bolt EV is already an important part of the program with hundreds of cars in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
They have been expanding outside of California, like in Boston, and now Texas is getting a fleet – starting with Austin.
Here are the details of the program:
- Maven Gig vehicles are available for flat weekly rates that include the car, unlimited miles, insurance (minus deductibles) and maintenance.
- Pricing starts at $229 per week plus taxes.
- Maven will provide charging for Maven Gig drivers for a limited time through the Austin Energy Plug-In EVerywhere and EVgo networks.
- Drivers can see vehicle availability and pricing via the mobile app.
- Reservations and pickup date/time can be scheduled through the app.
- Maven Gig is platform agnostic and members can use the car to drive for rideshare services or for grocery, package and food delivery.
Julia Steyn, vice president of Urban Mobility and Maven for GM, commented on the launch:
“Maven is excited to offer an all-electric fleet of shared vehicles for the gig economy. Austin is a perfect partner for this launch because of the city’s commitment to innovation and sustainable transportation.”
They are partnering with the city and its publicly owned electric utility Austin Energy for the program.
Jackie Sargent, Austin Energy general manager, commented:
“We are very pleased that Maven chose Austin for its first all-electric fleet. Austin is a community that champions clean air, renewable energy and increasingly, electric vehicles. Austin Energy will continue to work on innovative solutions that will help Austin achieve its ambitious climate protection goals.
GM reports that Maven Gig drivers have “driven more than 6.5 million all-electric miles, saving an estimated 250,000 gallons of gas.”