Maven Is Going Electric In Texas With 20 Chevrolet Bolt EVs

MAR 22 2018 BY MARK KANE 9

GM’s Maven introduced its Maven Gig car sharing service for freelance drivers in Austin, Texas, beginning with 20 Chevrolet Bolt EVs.

Chevrolet Bolt EV in Maven’s first all-electric fleet of shared vehicles for freelance driving launched in Austin, Texas.

Cars are available from $229 per week plus taxes and that includes:

  • car, unlimited miles, insurance (minus deductibles) and maintenance.
  • Maven will provide charging for Maven Gig drivers for a limited time through the Austin Energy Plug-In EVerywhere and EVgo networks.
  • Drivers can see vehicle availability and pricing via the mobile app.
  • Reservations and pickup date/time can be scheduled through the app.
  • Maven Gig is platform agnostic and members can use the car to drive for rideshare services or for grocery, package and food delivery.

Maven Gig was available from November 2016 in San Francisco, and besides Austin, it’s offered in Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego and Washington, D.C.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV fleet – three-digit strong – so far covered more than 6.5 million miles. On average, Bolt EV drivers use more than half of the range (238 miles EPA) every day while roughly 9% of the daily trips exceed the EPA rating.

Chevrolet Bolt EV in Maven’s first all-electric fleet of shared vehicles for freelance driving launched in Austin, Texas.

“Maven now offers its first all-electric fleet of cars for use in the gig economy, making it easier for Austinites who want to get the most out of their side hustle. Today 20 Chevrolet Bolt EVs became available for freelance drivers in Austin to earn money on their own schedules. The city’s passion for tech start-ups, combined with its high concentration of college students, makes it the ideal location for Maven Gig.

Maven is working with Austin Energy, the Austin Transportation Department, and Rocky Mountain Institute to create infrastructure solutions leading to an all-electric future. Maven will leverage Austin’s Plug-in EVerywhere™ network of EV chargers, including Electric Drive, Austin’s downtown smart mobility showcase complete with a DC Fast Charger and solar kiosk.”

Read Also – Chevy Bolt Was #1 Selling Electric Car In California In 2017, Beating Tesla Model S

Julia Steyn, vice president, General Motors Urban Mobility and Maven said:

“Maven is excited to offer an all-electric fleet of shared vehicles for the gig economy. Austin is a perfect partner for this launch because of the city’s commitment to innovation and sustainable transportation.”

Austin Mayor Steve Adler said:

“The city of Austin launched Electric Drive one year ago as an example of a sustainable mobility hub in the heart of downtown. We now have the launch of Maven’s first all-electric fleet in our community as a result. Maven Gig creates more opportunities to earn a living while on a sustainable platform.”

Jackie Sargent, Austin Energy general manager said:

“We are very pleased that Maven chose Austin for its first all-electric fleet. Austin is a community that champions clean air, renewable energy and increasingly, electric vehicles. Austin Energy will continue to work on innovative solutions that will help Austin achieve its ambitious climate protection goals.”

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9 Comments on "Maven Is Going Electric In Texas With 20 Chevrolet Bolt EVs"

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Do you even make any money after spending that much per week on the car?

Some people do. Since basically all the car costs are included in the price, any earnings beyond that are pure profit for the driver. Of course, there’s speculation that some folks just use Maven to rent a Bolt for their long-distance trips, at least out here in California. At $230/week, it’s a decent deal.

That’s actually a good idea (renting the car for travel). It’s a little more expensive than going with something from Hertz, but you don’t get an option for an EV from them. It might be a good way to “test” the car out too.

“Maven will provide charging for Maven Gig drivers”

Welp, you people in Texas can kiss goodbye to your eVgo chargers, because they will be taken by Maven drivers. Even if they already have 90% charge, they will plug in while they go off to lunch for an hour. Some even plug in while they wait for a call while napping / watching movie in the car.

That’s fine.. the few we have sit unused most of the time and EVGO doesn’t seem interested in building any new ones. So maybe if the ones we have start getting used, they will build more!

the free charging is temporary.

when i rented the car 2 weeks back, i went to the fast charger 3 times.. there was never anyone there. however, i’d think if they rented all those out, the drivers would stop in and try to charge causing some issues. isn’t this going to happen anyway eventually?

Temporary is what they say, but what I find is that it’s temporary for new drivers. It’s like Leaf / i3 free charging is temporary, but the effect is terrible.

As for not being used, if you need to use it and must wait for some Maven Bolt at 95% with 1 hour left to go, you will sing a different tune. Yes, there was a guy who insisted on full hour even after it’s tapered to 7 kW.

Every EVgo I’ve been to is at least 1 L2 and 1 DCFC. At that rate switch to the L2 charger! You’ll get basically the same charge speeds for way cheaper! Why would they do that!?

Oh, wait… because it’s free. 😛

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Well, more free charging peeps to clog the paid charge locations.

Free charging SUCKS!!!!