GM to Add Fleet of Chevrolet Bolts for Car-Sharing Service
【Summary】General Motor’s car-sharing service, Maven, will benefit from over 100 Chevrolet Bolts that will be added to the company’s fleet in Los Angeles, CA.
General Motors has been busy recently. The American automaker recently announced a partnership with Honda to expand both of the companies' hydrogen fuel-cell technology, teamed with Boston startup WiTricity for wireless charging tech, and expanded a facility to manufacture and test self-driving cars in Michigan. GM clearly wants to get in front of all of the changes that are taking place in the industry.
Fuel-Efficient Cars For All
In another stride to make energy-efficient mobility available to drivers nationwide, General Motors announced that its car-sharing service, Maven, would receive more than 100 all-electric Chevrolet Bolts to the company's current fleet in Los Angeles, CA.
Maven, according to a press release put out by General Motors, has seen an average of 56 percent growth in membership month-over-month since the car-sharing service was launched last October. Those are impressive figures for a company that's competing with ZipCar, Turo, and Car2Go.
Maven works similarly to its competitors by requiring users to download an app, choose a vehicle based on their needs, and then drop the vehicle off at the same station where they picked it up. Prices to rent a vehicle range from $8.00 per hour for an economy vehicle like the Chevrolet Volt, compact car like the Cruze, or a sedan like the Malibu and go up to $14.00 for a SUV like a Tahoe. All of the vehicles are from one of General Motor's brands
GM's car-sharing service, though, does not have an annual membership or a sign-up fee like ZipCar or Car2Go and users can actually request for a vehicle to be delivered to them. The lack of fees could explains Maven's growth, as the company has expanded to 17 cities in North America, added 24,000 members who have made over 27,500 reservations, and members that have traveled more than 78 million miles.
That figure, though, is being aided by the company's partnership with Lyft. Lyft's drivers are allowed to rent vehicles, like the Chevrolet Equinox, for $99 a week under Maven's Express Drive service.
"Maven is a smart, seamless and flexible mobility platform providing sharing solutions that meet the different needs of unique communities," said Julia Steyn, vice president, General Motors Urban Mobility and Maven. "Starting with Los Angeles, Maven will focus on collaborating with cities and municipalities to co-create smart transportation solutions that enhance mobility, create jobs and ease parking and congestion."
Part Of A Bigger Plan
With the addition of the Bolt, Maven also looks to help the City of Los Angeles' Sustainable City pLAn. The plan, which Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled in April 2015, is aimed towards the city becoming more environmentally conscious through the use of fuel-efficient vehicles.
To that end, the Bolt will surely help both the city and Maven achieve their goals. The electric vehicle is rated by the EPA to have a range of 238 miles on a full charge. With the addition of the electric car, Maven believes it can now allow for up to 250,000 all-electric miles driver per month across all of its vehicle offerings. The car-sharing company also has plans to offer the Bolt to users in San Diego and San Francisco, CA at a later date.
GM expects the Bolt to be a success for the automaker, and with the addition of the electric vehicle to its ride-sharing company, for Maven, as well.
Vineeth Joel Patel
Joel Patel has been covering all aspects of the automotive industry for four years as an editor and freelance writer for various websites. When it comes to cars, he enjoys covering the merger between technology and cars. In his spare time, Joel likes to watch baseball, work on his car, and try new foods
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