Maven Launches Monthly Service, Chevrolet Volt Among Most Popular Vehicles In Car Sharing Program

2 months ago by Steven Loveday 15

2017 Chevrolet Volt

2017 Chevrolet Volt

General Motors’ Maven continues to tweak its service, and is now offering a monthly service called Maven Reserve. The car sharing division reports that, thus far, the Chevrolet Volt is among its most popular vehicles.

Maven Reserve allows members to choose a vehicle, and keep it for 28 days, for a single fee. It also lets users to rent by the hour, or the day, at multiple pricing structures. For now, you can only access the service in Los Angeles and San Francisco, but that will change soon.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

According to GM, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt will soon become more widely available through Maven.

Included in your Maven Reserve booking is insurance, $100 in gas, and your own exclusive parking spot. Maven team members walk each customer through each vehicle’s features upon securing the transaction. This service will allow customers to keep an insured vehicle, month over month, without having to deal with leasing or buying.

Maven Reserve has no membership or application fees, and the members can periodically switch out vehicles, when they want to try out something different. This would be ideal if you wanted to drive a small EV most of the time, but needed a truck or SUV to move large cargo, or go camping, etc.

Maven has grown substantially in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, since its inception in the locations last fall. The company now has about 25,000 members in 17 cities in the U.S. and Canada.

The Chevrolet Bolt is also now available on a limited basis through Maven. According to GM, many Bolts will eventually be a unique and important part of the services’ offerings.

Source: Green Car Congress

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15 responses to "Maven Launches Monthly Service, Chevrolet Volt Among Most Popular Vehicles In Car Sharing Program"

  1. Bacardi says:

    At Maven’s vehicle pick up locations, what are they using to charge them?

    1. taser54 says:

      Charging stations are installed for Maven plug-ins.

      1. Ross says:

        So far not at the locations I’ve checked out in DC. No chargers in sight. They’re essentially renting a hybrid with an enormously oversized battery. I’ve reached out to see if they plan to install any.

        1. Ross says:

          Maven’s response was evasive and gave no indication that they plan to deploy chargers for the Volts. This blog indicates they’ve ‘disabled the EV mode’ on the Volts used in Maven:

          https://medium.com/@cling626/chevrolet-volt-7bfb6fb41506

          I still can’t find a decent electric vehicle rental/carshare in DC. Hopefully as GM rolls out Bolts to Maven that will change.

          1. Spider-Dan says:

            Based on that post, GM doesn’t “disable the EV mode”… the Volt was simply out of charge.

            I’m not sure how you would even go about “disabling the EV mode” in a Volt… removing the charging port sounds ridiculous, and the options get even more nonsensical from there.

            1. Ross says:

              Makes sense. I was wondering if that was the case, although I also figured perhaps they made some sort of software change to the cars. Still very disappointing that none of the DC locations have a charger (there are a few locations that have public chargers, but not near the Maven spots!). Maybe if we will get some if we eventually get the Bolt.

        2. Taser54 says:

          In Jersey city they did. 19 curbside chargers installed two dedicated to Maven

          1. Ross says:

            Wow, nice! I contacted Maven and they told me that none of their locations in DC have chargers. It was a real disappointment. I guess I’ll have to rent one and charge it up first if I want an EV experience. Of course, the cost of charging would likely come out of my pocket, whereas they will pay for the gas.

  2. MrEnergyCzar says:

    How is this different from a monthly rental at Enterprise?

    1. Bacardi says:

      How is Enterprise different from a monthly rental at Budget?

    2. vdiv says:

      You get to pick the model and you don’t get to fill out pink forms or get car keys, just use the phone. Car sharing meets car rentals.

      1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

        Just needs full autonomy and rental meets car sharing meets taxi.

    3. vdiv says:

      Enterprise has a similar program called WeCar:

      https://www.enterprisecarshare.com/us/en/home.html

  3. CVVH says:

    How much is it?

    1. Ken says:

      Yeah, I would like to know also how much a month costs in LA area. Looks like it might vary by location as enterprise is $37/day in some locations and more in large cities. Maven sure hides their costs.

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