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

1 month ago by Mark Kane 35

Maven Gig – Chevrolet Bolt EV

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.

Maven Gig – Chevrolet Bolt EV

The service provides vehicles for freelance drivers currently offers several car models, including the Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu, Trax, Impala and  theBolt 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.”

Maven Gig – Chevrolet Bolt EV

Here is some more info about the Maven Gig:

EARNING POWER

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.

NEW PARTNER

Maven Gig – Chevrolet Bolt EV

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.

MOBILE FIRST

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.

BACKGROUND

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.

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35 responses to "Chevy Bolt Is Maven’s #1 Car-Sharing Choice"

  1. Fabian says:

    Great car, love my Bolt more after I got the front seats fixed!

    1. Rich says:

      As JustWillimPDX comment below, I’m curious as well. What was fixed on the seats to make them better?

    2. Danie says:

      We need more info on how you fixed the seats.

      1. marshall says:

        Some folks are adding foam in the seat pan. See the youtube video on adding foam to the seat of the Chevy Bolt.

  2. SparkEV says:

    In San Diego, practically all DCFC are occupied by Lyft/Maven Bolts, because the drivers get free charging, and the average wait times are now an hour or longer. Currently, it’s 100% guarantee that I’ll wait at DCFC, and past 10 sessions were all Bolt for Lyft/Maven. And this is with only about 100 Bolts with Lyft/Maven.

    Several (or many) Bolt plug in for second or third time to get to 100%. You can read from plugshare comments on various Lyft/Maven Bolt shenanigans. I’ve personally waited few times for Lyft Bolt that plugged in twice, making me wait over an hour. And it doesn’t help that Bolt is the slowest charging EV in the world.

    The free charging business has pretty much killed EV for me. My next car may not be EV (though Tesla 3 is so tempting!), because it’s so easy to destroy charging infrastructure by some company offering free charging. Or maybe I’ll just keep SparkEV as commuter and econo-gasser that can tow a trailer.

    Free charging SUCKS, but unfortunately that will be a part of EV as any company can “hijack” a charging company and offer free charging to its “employees”. Because free charging will probably always be a part of EV, I hate to say it, but EV sucks.

    1. Rich says:

      “though Tesla 3 is so tempting!”

      You know you’re not going to be happy with a gas-mobile. Give in now and save yourself. 310 miles range Tesla Model 3 means once a week charging?

      1. SparkEV says:

        If I only wanted a commute car, SparkEV would do fine.

        310 miles mean about 280 miles after you leave margin. LA-San Diego is about 150 miles each way, requiring at least one supercharger access.

        If Kochs ever decide to kill Tesla, they could setup a rideshare company and give free supercharging by reimbursing. Just for few thousand dollars, they will hopelessly clog up the superchargers, and even 150 miles from home will be very difficult. I don’t think I want to take that chance.

        But dang it, that Tesla 3 is still so tempting…

        1. Stimpacker says:

          Shhh, that is the secret to killing Tesla.

          I keep a V8 ICE just for SF-LA trips. The SuperChargers there are terribly hogged, especially during travel season/school holidays/winter. SF Bay Area itself is a total EV blacklist for me, Leaf or Tesla.

    2. William says:

      Hey Sparky, if the EVgo Fast Chargers are in need of more stations, have you thought of getting the Chargepoint franchise to get one of your most often frequented Brick and Mortar locations to install one? Be part of helping expand fast charge locations, if you want something EV productive to do. Hope you get into some action finding a solution, for the clogged Fast Charging issue, in your local area.

      1. Stimpacker says:

        Sparky is right – super frustrating.

        Another another location (usually a 2-bay station) will not help the situation.

        It’s the “FREE” part (or unlimited charging bundled into your payments) that leads to abuse.

        A useful DCFC network is one that enables long distance driving. Thus it makes sense that they’d be situated between large cities, along freeways.

        I posted here many times before that the CHAdeMO/CCS network (as currently laid out) is useless for true BEV enablement. Who in their right mind who take a trip counting on:
        1) That must-have 1-2 bays to be available and not hogged or ICEd?
        2) Then finally when it is your turn, paying nearly $10 for barely 3 gallons worth of gas. 100A outlet in 30mins is ~ 18kWh.
        3) Waiting 30mins to get that “3 gallons”.
        4) Doing it again 1 hour later.

        1. Kdawg says:

          At least we are at the stage in EV history where we know we need more chargers for all the EVs on the roads (at least in some parts of the country). So we are past the chicken/egg discussion. Now, time to start building those charging stations.

        2. Asak says:

          While it obviously sucks from your personal perspective, and you have my sympathy. It probably would be worse if the chargers were just sitting there open and easily accessible. Then the charging companies would be making little money.

          This way they have an incentive to increase the install base. I suspect in a few years it’s not going to be a problem.

    3. Asak says:

      While it sucks for current drivers, in the longer term (5 years out) this is probably a plus. It makes it so the charging stations are profitable and it’s worth installing more. The issue with charging stations right now is they are very expensive to install, and it’s going to take a long time to recoup the money. Hopefully this heavy use will result in expansion of the stations.

      I think the real solution for you is to just get an EV with a large enough range that recharging is not an issue. I never have used a public charger once in my 8 months of EV driving, and I don’t anticipate I ever will for local driving.

      1. SparkEV says:

        Since I plan to visit Vegas and more, I’d need 2000 miles range EV to avoid using DCFC. That ain’t happening.

        If you build it, they will come. The more DCFC you build, there will be more EV getting free charging. Few dozen Bolt getting free charging practically killed an entire city’s DCFC infrastructure. Imagine what a dedicated EV haters can do when millions of Tesla 3 are on the road and some bozo decide to give free charging to “employees” who drive Tesla 3 like Maven is doing now with Bolt.

        EVs are dead (or just niche) thanks to free chargers. It was “educational” while it lasted.

        1. Derek says:

          So just get a Volt, no charging hassles and wasted charge time and still 80% EV for most.

    4. Taser54 says:

      Free charging is a limited time offer.

      1. SparkEV says:

        You mean like 2 years of free charging by BMW and Nissan, only to have this company offer it for yet another “limited time”? There’s nothing stopping other companies from doing the same.

        Many companies pay for their employers’ gas car expenses, including fuel. Free fueling and free charging will always be with EV. Difference is that free charging means hour or more of waiting while free gas means few minutes of wait.

        1. Ianstuart says:

          SpArkev is simply trolling.his “argument” about blocking charging stations doesn’t make any sense if you examine it

          1. SparkEV says:

            Don’t take my word for it. Go to plugshare comments and see for yourself. Following are few examples from DCFC about 10 miles radius. There are tons of more complaints.

            “This is becaming annoying. Constantly Lyft drivers ( Chevrolet Bolt ) are using CCS stations. Other car brand vehicles can’t use this station anymore. Lyft should install charging stations for his own fleet and lyft drivers. ”

            “Lyft drivers have taken over and don’t seem to have charging courtesy. If you are at 80 or 90% and someone is waiting, you then hand off. Your car throttles charging at this point and it takes as long to charge that last bit as it did to get you that first 80%.”

            “Driver of Lyft White Chevy Bolt unplugged my car while still charging”

            “Lyft drivers are jerks! Complaints to evgo from everyone!”

          2. SparkEV says:

            Oh, and here’s a gem.

            “More and more im showing up to Lyft drivers taking up all the chargers. Conversing away like its cool. They take the chargers up for hours sometimes. I loved this spot a few months back. But now its a joke. Shame on chevy for having a lyft sale. Boooooooooooo. …
            This sucks when you are on 4 miles to go and you need to charge and be somewhere. Ramble over!”

        2. Robert Middleswarth says:

          My understanding is Nissan Free Charging program only covers the 1st year of ownership. After the first year, a person will either have to start paying or stop using the chargers. The program still exists because new owners are still getting that first year free.

  3. JustWillimPDX says:

    So happy to hear it! What did you do to fix the seating?

  4. Scott Franco says:

    I’m confused. maven is offering cars at 4 imes the base lease price because why???

    1. Someone out there says:

      No commitment. You only lease it for as long as you need it.

    2. Tom says:

      Cheaper than even a weekly rental for a vehicle. I wouldn’t be surprised if those long trips mentioned in the article were just people grabbing one for the week because it was cheaper than driving their own car.

    3. BoltEVFan says:

      Includes insurance and maintenance.

  5. Blandman says:

    Perhaps they can buy up the excess Bolt inventory that may be at discount prices right now.

    1. Spoonman. says:

      It isn’t really discounted currently, at least not in eastern Oenbsylvania/western New Jersey. They’re not even incorporating the tax credit into the leases.

    2. Taser54 says:

      Maven is fully owned by GM.

      1. SparkEV says:

        And they are taking serious “revenge” on Leaf and i3 by giving free charging to slowest charging EV in the world, Bolt. I was talking to a Leaf driver who get free charging waiting for Bolt. He was complaining how all these Lyft/Maven Bolts are always using the chargers way past 80% and slow charging. Welcome to my world since the day one when I was always waiting for Leaf!

        1. ClarksonCote says:

          They don’t charge that slow. Above 80% all vehicles taper.

          Lots of assumptions here, and hyperbole.

          1. SparkEV says:

            Name a DCFC capable EV that has lower C rating than Bolt. There isn’t any, and there probably will never be any EV charging slower than Bolt.

            1. marshall says:

              One of the members of a Chevy Bolt forum has graphs for the Chevy Bolt. But you give no evidence that the Chevy Bolt has the slowest charge rate of all other EV’s

              Now I can understand why you might be upset over folks hogging up the chargers, but as one person has pointed out, there may be a business opportunity.

              1. SparkEV says:

                What’s the C rating on Bolt? Let’s use average power to 80%.

                SparkEV: 45kW / 18.4kWh = 2.45
                Old Leaf: 38kW / 24kWh = 1.58
                New Leaf: 40kW / 30kWh = 1.33
                Bolt: 36kW / 60kWh = 0.60

                Even if you assume Bolt to 50%, which is about 40 kW but assume 50 kW (100% efficiency), that’s still only 0.83. Bolt is the slowest charging DCFC EV in the world, period.

  6. Ross says:

    Hope they will roll out Bolts to regular Maven users also when they expand. Would love to be able to rent a Bolt here in DC.

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