Maven, the car-sharing operation run by General Motors, is launching a service aimed at entrepreneurs who need a vehicle to make deliveries or drive for a ride-hailing service, though the cost could be a significant obstacle for some potential users.
Maven Gig, aimed at the growing number of people working as independent contractors, is launching in San Diego, with San Francisco and Los Angeles to be added later this year. Its initial partners are the ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft and three app-based delivery companies: GrubHub, Instacart and Roadie.
The service offers access to a Chevrolet Bolt EV for $229 a week, including insurance, maintenance and charging.
Users can return the vehicle anytime after the first week with no penalty, making it a “low-risk way to test out the freelance economy,” Maven said in a statement.
“Maven Gig is enabling freelancers to earn income through multiple sources,” said Julia Steyn, GM’s vice president for urban mobility and Maven.
GM already has placed more than 100 Bolts into car- and ride-sharing fleets in California this year.
Notably, Maven Gig is working not only with Lyft, in which GM invested $500 million last year, but also its chief competitor, Uber.
Uber’s website lists the average take-home pay of its drivers as $616 a week in Los Angeles, so renting a Bolt through Maven Gig would amount to nearly half of those earnings, while eliminating fuel and maintenance costs.
9.3 million rides
In a little over a year, Maven has provided 9.3 million rides totaling more than 100 million miles, the company said. Its car-sharing service is available in 13 North American cities.
Maven said the data it has collected show clear demand for the longer on-demand rentals that Maven Gig is offering.
"GM's Maven launches service aimed at freelancers" originally appeared on Automotive News on 5/3/17.