Maven Car-Sharing Service Now Receiving Chevrolet Bolt EVs

5 months ago by Steven Loveday 16

Chevrolet Bolt will be ready for Maven car-sharing fleets by February 1

Chevrolet Bolt will be ready for Maven car-sharing fleets by February 1

Not only is General Motors working to get the Chevrolet Bolt in the hands of consumers, and available nationwide, it is also readying Bolts for Maven car-sharing fleets. Obviously, availability may be limited at first, but the process is already underway.

General Motors’ car-sharing service, Maven, will provide customers access to highly personalized, on-demand mobility services. (Photo by John F. Martin for General Motors)

General Motors’ car-sharing service, Maven, will provide customers access to highly personalized, on-demand mobility services. (Photo by John F. Martin for General Motors)

GM’s Vice President for Urban Mobility and Maven, Julia Steyn, spoke with WardsAuto at NAIAS in Detroit. She said:

“We are plating them and titling them. It’s a game-changing car and I’m thrilled it’s coming.”

Thus far, GM has released the Bolt in California, and is now moving on to Oregon. Steyn says that regardless of the availability constraints, Bolts will be ready for Maven Home residential communities and the general public. Maven Business, the company’s other service, will also have Bolts that Uber and Lyft (and other ride-sharing service) drivers can rent. Steyn added:

“The opportunity to get Maven customers into brand-new vehicles across the GM portfolio, from the Bolt to Cadillac Escalade, is huge exposure … At some point, we think we can convert these Maven customers, at the right point in their lives, to (being) a buying customer.”

Steyn said that automotive brands are losing ground in large metro areas on both coasts. More people are using mass-transit and ride-hailing services. Maven offers many of GM’s vehicles, however, this group of people, and particularly Millennials, are more apt to be interested in the innovative and green-friendly Chevrolet Bolt.

Another key aspect of such programs, is boosting vehicles’ residual values. GM can send lease returns or rental returns into Maven’s fleet and get additional use out of them, otherwise they would end up selling cheap at auction.

GM is well aware that other companies are following suit, and this will increase in the future. Steyn says that GM will need to do everything in its power to be better than the competition. She hopes to help increase charging infrastructure in major Metropolitan areas. In closing, Steyn explained:

“Competition is good. We welcome it. It will make all of us better … You need to be prepared to iterate rapidly and listen to customers and respond within days, not years … We have a chance to make a serious mark. We can even engineer future (mobility) vehicles more properly because of the information we get out of them today.”

Over the past year, GM has launched Maven in 16 markets, acquired about 20,000 members, and racked up 56 million miles.

Source: WardsAuto

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16 responses to "Maven Car-Sharing Service Now Receiving Chevrolet Bolt EVs"

  1. ClarksonCote says:

    “Over the past year, GM has launched Maven in 16 markets, acquired about 20,000 members, and racked up 56 million miles.”

    So Maven is a GM company then?

    1. William says:

      Yes, GM launched this service almost a year ago.

      1. ClarksonCote says:

        Cool, that’s an interesting diversification. Gives me hope that they’ll continue to embrace electrification since that’s far more mainstream to their current business model. 🙂

    2. SJC says:

      Started in Ann Arbor Michigan with 17 cities and counting. I think it could be a great success.

  2. bro1999 says:

    Hmm….what happened to those infamous Lyft Bolts?

    1. Bacardi says:

      SF’s side of the uber story was that Uber didn’t apply for the permits for their autonomous Volvos with backup drivers…As you point out, no Lyft Bolts either…Perhaps there’s more to the story than companies no filling out permits…

      1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

        The Lyft Bolts weren’t meant to be autonomous like the Uber Volvos. Why would the Lyft Bolts they need a permit like the Uber Volvos?

        1. Bacardi says:

          Two different programs, one was indeed supposed to be autonomous while the other supposed to be able to be rented…

  3. David S. says:

    So Stein “…hopes to help increase charging infrastructure in major Metropolitan areas” But according to Mark Reuss, General Motors has zero plans to put in place any public charging infrastructure.
    http://insideevs.com/general-motors-president-discusses-chevrolet-bolt-charging-infrastructure-more-in-naias-interview-video/
    Maybe they should talk to each other!

  4. Bacardi says:

    I’m really curious to the charging side of the house…It was reported already that Volts have been a part of certain Maven locations for months, but can’t find any real data to the charging…

    Unlike the Volt which has the ICE backup, the Bolt will need to be charged…Our best guess is this is at the Maven pickup/drop-off location…What charging station will be used and what speed charger are will be used? Is there any protocol if the Maven customer returns Bolt with very little range and for whatever reason doesn’t plug it back in?

    1. Bacardi says:

      One more random thought (yes, I obviously have too many of them!)…

      Assuming there’s a charging station that’s SUPPOSED to be used for Maven GM vehicles, what protections would there be for other EVers to unplug the Bolt and charge their own vehicle? Even if there’s some sort of code which has to be entered on the charger, anyone who rents the Bolt could learn the charging code…

    2. Taser54 says:

      It will be treated just as if someone returns a mavens ice with less than 1/4 tank fuel, the user will be charged $50. Imho

    3. John in AA says:

      I can’t speak to all charging locations but at the one near me there are two dedicated Maven chargers + parking spots, 30A/240v, and one public one. They currently park two Volts there. http://www.plugshare.com/?location=10657, the description is slightly out of date as you’ll see if you read the comments. It was a little annoying when Maven took it over since the site previously had two public chargers, so although Maven added one since they have exclusive use of two spots the net result is that the public lost one. But it’s probably a better way to get new drivers hooked on EVs and probably contributes to more EV miles than having the same chargers for public use, so I can’t be too bitter about it.

      Regarding a neighboring car taking the charger, sure, if someone gets the adjacent spot, they can do that. I consider that a feature, not a bug. I’m not aware of there having been any abuse at this site.

  5. Kdawg says:

    How much does it cost the Uber/Lyft driver to rent the car from GM?

    1. Kdawg says:

      Answering my own question here, found this info from 2015.

      http://www.ridesharingdriver.com/need-a-car-to-drive-for-uber-or-lyft-should-you-buy-rent-or-lease/

      However I know the automakers are dealing directly with Uber/Lyft drivers.. just wonder what they are charging, because they are getting free advertising.

      1. Kdawg says:

        More info.

        The Lyft + GM rental program
        ——————
        * For Lyft drivers age 21 and older
        * $150 – $240/week
        * Refundable deposit that is returned to you after you complete your first trip
        * Insurance and maintenance are included
        * Rental period is 4 – 52 weeks
        *You can use the vehicle for personal use, but you pay for personal miles at $0.25/mile
        * You can schedule your rental ahead of time
        * Rental payments are deducted from your weekly earnings
        * Apply for the Lyft + GM program at Lyft

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