Maven Gig Brings Ridesharing Fleet of Chevy Bolts to Austin, Texas
Although the General Motors service is available in some cities for general transportation, it will only be available in Austin to freelance workers who drive for rideshare or delivery services like Uber, Lyft, or GrubHub.
“Maven is excited to offer an all-electric fleet of shared vehicles for the gig economy,” said Julia Steyn, vice president of GM Urban Mobility and Maven. “Austin is a perfect partner for this launch because of the city’s commitment to innovative and sustainable transportation.”
Austin’s Maven fleet will consist of 20 Bolt EVs. The Bolt, which has an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles, is Maven Gig’s most popular car. In the past year, Maven’s Bolts have traveled 6.5 million all-electric miles around the United States, saving about 250,000 gallons of gas.
For a limited time, drivers will get free charging from Austin’s Plug-in Everywhere and EVgo charging networks.
Drivers can view pricing, find and reserve available vehicles, and schedule pickup through Maven’s app, which can be found in Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play Store. Weekly rental rates start at $229, which also covers unlimited miles plus maintenance and insurance costs.
Maven Gig has been around since November 2016. Since then, the service has expanded to Los Angeles, Detroit, Boston, and many other cities.
Lyft and Uber withdrew their services from Austin in 2016 over a dispute involving city regulations. The services returned to the city in 2017 after the Texas Legislature asserted state authority over ridesharing and overrode local regulations.