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% Read all the comments in the item below of how free L3 EVSE by ride shares has clogged EVSE so no one can get a charge - great sales incentive, bad implementation. Solution: not all eVgo EVSE should give away a free charge to ride-shares, so that paying customers can have L3 access. Ride share driver shennanigans cause frustration and anger (EVSE rage) which is bad for the host location's business (hosts in the future may decline allowing free L3 EVSE installations). Read below about Bolt front seat issues. %

Chevy Bolt Is Maven’s #1 Car-Sharing Choice
20170812  Mark Kane

Maven Gig – Chevrolet Bolt EV

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Car Sharing service Maven Gig, which was launched in November 2016, is expanding from its California base (Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco) into Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. later this year.

The service provides vehicles for freelance drivers currently offers several car models, including the Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu, Trax, Impala [ice] and the Bolt EV.

And as it turns out, the electric Chevrolet Bolt EV (from $229/week) is the most popular among Maven Gig drivers.

Currently there is just over three digits worth of Bolt EVs already in service, with more to come:

 - Los Angeles: more than 100 Bolt EVs to be available and by the end of this year, that number will double

 - San Francisco: fleet to double to more than 125

 - Boston branch will begin with 20 units, and will scale as infrastructure allows.

Cars are also available with free charging at EVgo stations for a limited time.

Here is some statats for Maven Gig Bolt EV usage:

 - Bolt EVs have driven 1.4 million all-electric miles in California since February 2017 and have saved an estimated 50,000 gallons of gas

 - More than 130,000 rides have been given in Maven Gig Bolt EVs, and drivers show no signs of range anxiety

 - Maven Gig drivers in a Bolt EV travel, on average, 30% more miles per day than those in traditional internal combustion engine vehicles.

 - On average, Maven Gig members in Bolt EVs drive more than half the vehicle range (238 miles EPA) every day.

 - Maven Gig drivers have taken trips from San Francisco to Portland and from San Diego to Los Angeles.

Rachel Bhattacharya, Chief Growth Officer for Maven said:

  “We are committed to bringing Bolt EVs to all Maven Gig markets. Drivers want the Bolt EV because of cost savings as well as helping with energy and environmental goals. The freelance economy is growing and Maven Gig is growing along with it to provide transportation solutions for freelance drivers.”

Here is some more info about the Maven Gig:


  Freelancers want freedom and flexibility, and Maven Gig provides both.

  Take Jamie, who earns a couple hundred dollars as a freelancer picking up and dropping off passengers as a licensed driver for a ridesharing company on an average Friday night. With Maven Gig, Jamie can now increase earning power by adding other gigs. For instance, spending two hours during the lunch rush delivering food adds another $30-$50. Delivering packages and groceries during the day adds even more.

  Maven Gig vehicles are available for flat weekly rates that include the car, unlimited miles, insurance (minus deductibles) and maintenance. Having unlimited mileage and insurance to cover personal and commercial use are extremely important for drivers in the gig economy. Pricing starts at $189 plus taxes for a Chevrolet Cruze. Additional vehicles include the Chevrolet Malibu ($209 per week plus taxes), Trax ($219 per week plus taxes), Impala ($225 per week plus taxes) and Bolt EV ($229 per week plus taxes). The Chevrolet Bolt EV is available for reservation with free charging at EVgo stations for a limited time.


  Maven Gig is an agnostic platform that allows members to earn money by driving for multiple apps. Previously, Maven Gig announced key partnerships with GrubHub, Instacart, Roadie and ridesharing services. Now, HopSkipDrive is added as a partner.

  HopSkipDrive is a ride service that helps parents get their kids where they need to go when they’re not able to do so themselves.


  Maven Gig is making life simpler and more convenient for drivers through a mobile app.

 - Maven City car sharing and Maven Gig are now integrated in a single app.
 - Drivers can see vehicle availability with pricing and location.
 - Reservations and pickup date/time can be scheduled through the app.


 Maven Gig first launched in November 2016 to provide vehicles for rideshare drivers in San Francisco and has since expanded the offering for package, grocery and food delivery drivers. The mobile app provides drivers the ability to reserve cars and earn money on their own terms. Unlimited miles and insurance are included, and there’s no membership fee after a one-time $20 application fee. Vehicle reservations are now available in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Interested drivers can download the Maven app for Apple in the App Store and for Android in the Google Play Store.

Maven Gig, GM's weekly car rental service, is now available in L.A.
2017-08-09  Charles Fleming

(logo)  Maven Gig allows Uber and Lyft drivers to rent GM cars on a short-term basis. (Paul Sancya / Associated Press)

Maven Gig, the GM-based weekly car rental service, has come to Los Angeles.

Starting Thursday, ride-hailing drivers for services such as Uber and Lyft and delivery drivers for companies such as GrubHub and Roadie will have access to flat-rate weekly deals on GM cars.

The deals, designed in part to put more electric cars on area roads, include a vehicle, unlimited mileage, insurance and free maintenance. The drivers must pay for fuel and, in case of accidents, insurance deductibles. If they want to rent a Bolt EV, Maven Gig will also pay for the electricity to make it run.

Pricing starts at $189 a week for a Chevy Cruze and climbs to $229 a week for a Bolt EV. Chevy’s Malibu, Trax and Impala cars are also available. All are subject to a 7.5% tax, Maven said.

Why L.A.?

“We’re trying to focus our markets where there is a strong potential for gig economy earnings,” said Rachel Bhattacharya, chief growth officer for Maven Gig.

Maven Gig hopes to have 1,000 vehicles on the road under the new program by the end of the year, Bhattacharya said — 200 of them the battery-electric Bolts.

GM has also brought its Maven Gig to San Diego and San Francisco. Due to get the service by this fall, the company said, are Boston, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. Baltimore and Detroit will follow by the end of the year, Bhattacharya said.

Earlier this year, the app-based parent service Maven began offering Bolt EVs to Angelenos on a per-hour basis.

Executives at the time characterized Southern California as a key locale in GM's effort to sell more electric cars.

“Los Angeles is a very important market for us, because it provides all of the unique mobility challenges that a city can have,” Julia Steyn, vice president of General Motors Urban Mobility and Maven, told the Los Angeles Times. “And it’s a very fertile ground to introduce an all-electric vehicle.”

GM cars are also available for lease outside the Maven programs. Local dealers are currently offering the Bolt EV for as little as $159 a month, on three-year leases, after signing costs. But those leases include mileage restrictions, and may not include insurance.

Several ride-hailing drivers said the Maven Gig offer was too expensive to attract professional drivers, who’d be better off buying or leasing cars for a lower monthly rate.

Observing the $800- to $1,000-per-month rental rate, veteran taxi, Uber and Lyft driver Gabe Ets-Hokin, of San Francisco, said: “It probably doesn’t make sense if driving was a part-time or second job.”

Richard Colavin, who drives for Lyft and Uber in the San Diego area, said: “It’s almost a good deal, but it feels like they’re giving you a car to drive, but that you might not make any real money.”

The Maven Gig program is designed for drivers who may not want to lease a car, or may not be able to.

“The pain point we saw in the market was that two-year or three-year commitment” for a traditional automobile lease, Bhattacharya said.

The target driver for the new program is someone who “wants to drive full time, but not for a long period of time.” That might include a college graduate whose professional life hasn’t begun yet, or someone between tours of duty in the military or someone recently retired looking for a new part-time job.

Qualified drivers must be 21 or older and have a clean driving record, and must be able to pony up the cost of one week’s rental.
[© latimes.com]
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