Maven, which is General Motor's car-sharing program, has just announced a new service called Gig. It's a service that will cost $229/week and allow drivers to rent a Chevy Bolt, for driving Uber or Lyft passengers around, doing Grubhub or any other service like that. Many may wonder why Maven would want to target these on-demand services, well, not everyone has a car, but everyone would love to earn some extra cash. And this way you'll have a pretty modern car, and won't need to worry about maintenance and insurance on the car.
The $229/week price includes maintenance, insurance and even access to vehicle charging. Since the Chevy Bolt is an EV, it does need to be charged. The Chevy Bolt has an advertised range of about 238 miles on a single charge. Now that mileage varies on many different things. Like how hard you accelerate and brake, or how much you are using the heat and and air conditioning and much more. So your mileage will definitely vary with the Bolt.
Maven is partnering with Uber, Lyft, GrubHub, Instacart and Roadie, officially. They are expecting to grow these partnerships over time though. While Maven is available in a handful of cities, the new Gig service is only available in San Diego, and will later launch in San Francisco and Los Angeles. With the price of this service being $229/week, this is mostly aimed at those that want to drive for one of these on-demand companies full-time and not in their spare time. It's also a great way for Maven and GM to help the environment by getting more of their electric Bolt's onto the road, and getting less gas guzzling cars off of the roads.
It's a bit interesting to see Maven partnering with many of Lyft's competitors, seeing as GM is their parent company, and they have made a significant investment in Lyft already. Not to mention the fact that Lyft is using a number of GM's vehicles from their Chevy brand for their autonomous cars. But it does show that Maven is more or less under the umbrella of GM, similar to Alphabet and their many companies.