Maven Fleet in Los Angeles Gets New Chevrolet Bolt EVs For Sharing – Video

9 months ago by Mark Kane 26

Maven has expanded its car-sharing and ride-sharing services in Los Angeles by adding some new Chevrolet Bolt EV all-electric cars to its fleet.

Eventually, more than 100 Bolt EVs will be deployed and available by Maven in Los Angeles, so get ready – you are going to see them everywhere.

Maven Adds Chevrolet Bolt EVs to LA Line-Up

For some, it could be a perfect opportunity to test drive the 238 mile all-electric car prior to making a purchasing decision.

The Chevrolet Bolt EVs used by Maven will be available with access to EVgo charging stations throughout California, and some other participating charging networks as well.

“Maven City car sharing in Los Angeles has seen an average of 56 percent member growth month-over-month since launching in October 2016, and Maven will leverage this existing platform as well as in-city infrastructure, fleet management capabilities and operational insights to help advance the City of Los Angeles’ Sustainable City pLAn. Maven members will play an integral role in informing the co-creation process and will provide valuable insights for future infrastructure and transportation developments.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV, with an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles, has launched in Los Angeles in Maven City car sharing and the Lyft Express Drive program. Maven supplies vehicles for Lyft’s Express Drive program, providing Lyft drivers with affordable access to weekly rentals of GM vehicles in select cities. By adding the Bolt EV, Maven could allow for up to 250,000 all-electric miles driven per month across all of its offerings.”

Maven to expand L.A. car-sharing and ridesharing services by introducing the Chevrolet Bolt EV to the fleet.

Beside Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego are in the pipeline to receive Bolt EVs.

Maven by the numbers:

  • In 13 months, Maven has launched three products and has grown to 17 cities in the U.S. and Canada: Ann Arbor, Michigan; Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Los Angeles; Jersey City, New Jersey; Nashville, Tennessee; New York City; Orlando, Florida; Phoenix; San Diego; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; and Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
  • Maven has more than 24,000 members who have made more than 27,500 reservations.
  • Maven members have traveled more than 78 million miles.
  • The average Maven City trip is 121 miles and lasts more than 12 hours.
  • The Lyft Express Drive program with Maven in Los Angeles is currently the largest in the nation.

Maven Adds Chevrolet Bolt EVs to LA Line-Up

Maven Adds Chevrolet Bolt EVs to LA Line-Up

Maven to expand L.A. car-sharing and ridesharing services by introducing the Chevrolet Bolt EV to the fleet.

Maven to expand L.A. car-sharing and ridesharing services by introducing the Chevrolet Bolt EV to the fleet.

Maven to expand L.A. car-sharing and ridesharing services by introducing the Chevrolet Bolt EV to the fleet.

Maven to expand L.A. car-sharing and ridesharing services by introducing the Chevrolet Bolt EV to the fleet.

Maven to expand L.A. car-sharing and ridesharing services by introducing the Chevrolet Bolt EV to the fleet.

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26 responses to "Maven Fleet in Los Angeles Gets New Chevrolet Bolt EVs For Sharing – Video"

  1. Ron M says:

    I thought Trump would change a little but he’s even worse that I thought he doesn’t believe in climate change and what’s to do more damage by rolling back CAFE and using more coal and oil.
    I just read on Bloomberg that he had told supporter’s in 2016 that he doesn’t believe the official unemployment rate. He said he heard that it’s 28%, 29%, 31%, that he even heard it’s 42%.
    I’m worried about how much damage he’s going to do to American and it looks like there’s nothing we can do to stop the President or the GOP.

    1. ffbj says:

      No, all we can do live our lives and be sad there are so many deluded people that are able able their delusion, to cause great suffering to others, by electing a person such as Trump.

      The Trumpanator: It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse. It can’t be reasoned with…

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      “…he doesn’t believe the official unemployment rate. He said he heard that it’s 28%, 29%, 31%, that he even heard it’s 42%.”

      I don’t know what the exact figures are, but it might well be 42% if you include all retirees, invalids and children.

      Hey, why not “make America great again” by repealing child labor laws? That might be too much for El Trumpo himself, but I seriously think that some of his close supporters would be in favor of that.

      And what about those geezers living in retirement homes? They should earn their Social Security by working!

      Just imagine how high the employment rate could be!

      I only wish I was kidding. That’s really how many of those people think.

      1. CLIVE says:

        You people should start your own forum. Wade is spot on.

    3. WadeTyhon says:

      I’m not sure why you are bringing this up on an article about Chevy Bolt for ride sharing?

      Although my opinion about Trump are unfortunately 100% in line with yours. Anyone who has not watched the recent John Oliver about Trump’s shaky understanding of concepts like truth and fact should watch it.

      It’s harder to judge the entire GOP – who seem to be all over the place in their support of him on different issues. A few republicans have broken party lines against Betsy Devos and Pruitt. And John McCain has basically been making the rounds bashing Trump on a range of issues. But disappointing is a few democrats who supported Scott Pruitt. They were probably just representing the business interests of their district, however.

      Anyways, it’s the government we have for now. Keep supporting and promoting EVs…

      As a Democrat living in a Republican state, I can say that EVs really are not a partisan issue. At least among the Republicans I know.

    4. Taser54 says:

      Your post is completely off-topic. Go elsewhere

      1. James says:

        Did I accidentally click on CNN.com?

        1. georgeS says:

          I managed to keep my mouth shut James:)

          Didn’t PMPU say he was from Kansas? He must feel as outnumbered as you do in Washington;)

  2. ffbj says:

    Yes, as predicted the fleet services are going to soak up a number of vehicles and reduce the overall number available to the general public, which is small to begin with, though this exposure, through Maven and other such similar services, should help accentuate the further adoption of evs.

    1. WadeTyhon says:

      A few hundred between the different ride sharing services isnt very many in the grand scheme of things. Maven in particular is still a small service.

      But the 1000+ autonomous Bolts in 2018/2019 is a pretty significant number!

      I think youre right that it was raise awareness of EVs but also self driving capabilities once those are released!

    2. Kdawg says:

      100/30,000 = 0.3%

      I’m not worried about that amount of “soaking up”.

      1. ffbj says:

        You are making a few assumptions there. One that only a small number will go to those services, plus you are inflating your own prediction. Now it’s 30k before it was 22k.

        So if 2k cars went that route before years end that would be 10%, and they would get them first. True not a big number in the grand scheme, but not insignificant.

        1. Kdawg says:

          MY prediction is based on what I think demand will be. YOUR assumption that they will be supply constrained based on overwhelming demand and units going to fleets, which means GM would produce at the 30K amount they said they could provide, minimum.

          1. ffbj says:

            Close, but my main contention is GM only wants to sell around 20k. They could make 30k, but they don’t want too. There is always next year. 85% will go to CARB states this year.

  3. georgeS says:

    looks like EVgo has half decent coverage in the LA area:
    https://www.google.com/search?q=evgo+charging+los+angeles&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

    However the one station I looked at only had one fast charger.

    1. unlucky says:

      Plugshare says evGo has over 50 CCS DCFC chargers in the LA basin. Adding all the other networks raises the number by another 50%.

  4. jim stack says:

    I don’t see the users olugging them in after use. Who will make sure they are plugged in and ready for the next user?

    1. Taser54 says:

      I disagree. Ride sharing services already charge users for no refilling gas tank, these EVs will have charging stations near their parking locations. Mavens uses garages and designated parking spaces in many locales.

    2. Dav8or says:

      Good question. Who makes sure the gas cars have full tanks now? I have no idea how these schemes work.

      1. WadeTyhon says:

        I believe it’s similar to “Be Kind, Rewind”. The last person to use it is supposed to return it with a mostly full charge (or full tank). Under the terms they’re required to have at least a 1/4 full charge/tank. The gas and electricity prices are both covered by Maven.

        “With Maven, gas (or charging when available) are always included. A fuel/charging card is located in the driver’s side visor and can be used to refuel the car.”

        “Although you are only required to return the vehicle with ¼ tank, be kind and fill it up for the next member.”

        I’m going to try the service out in a few months when I am flying to Denver. I hope they have some Bolts there by then, but a Volt will work too. 🙂

    3. unlucky says:

      I agree. It’s a big flaw. Maven will spend a lot of money on people moving those cars to chargers.

      Maven knows how charged the cars are, they should require the last driver of the day (or when it is low) leave the car in a charging spot and plug it in instead of just any random spot. Then it’ll be ready for the next driver soon.

      Their phone (app) could give instructions on how to charge the car. Step by step with pictures.

  5. bro1999 says:

    “The Chevrolet Bolt EVs used by Maven will be available with access to EVgo charging stations throughout California, and some other participating charging networks as well.”

    SparkEV’s head just exploded.

    1. bro1999 says:

      I think they will be free for a while.

    2. unlucky says:

      You have to pay to rent the car. There’s no way this can amount to free. And you can’t take the juice out when you return the car, so who is going to abuse a charger by filling up a car that isn’t theirs with juice they don’t need or can’t use? It’d just be wasting your own time.

      1. Tom says:

        The way certain gas car sharing companies work solves this issue. I forget the exact technical details but the gas usage is included in the price so you don’t have to pay for gas. There’s a gas card in the vehicle. If it is low while you are the one driving it, you simply use that card to fill it up at no expense to you. Again I forget how they control that card. But presumably for EV usage they can give free charging from designated chargers and electricity usage is baked into the overhead of the rental price.

        Now making sure people actually plug it in is a trick. I presume since you have to be a member that if you abuse not charging it, they can tell because the technology would line up when you returned it and see if there’s charge coming in. And if you don’t you can perhaps get warned then suspended from using the service.

  6. JoeP says:

    Am I the only person who noticed that she parked (poorly) in a passenger load/unload zone, and he forgot his stuff in the trunk/hatch?

    I have never even used Uber.

    I don’t know how much it will cost, and if car sharing is worth it.