Maven is adding the Chevrolet Bolt EV, with an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles, to its carsharing fleet in Los Angeles.
In addition to being available in Maven City carsharing, the Bolt will be offered in the Lyft Express Drive program in Los Angeles. Maven supplies vehicles for Lyft’s Express Drive program, providing Lyft drivers with access to weekly rentals of GM vehicles in select cities.
By adding the Bolt EV, Maven could allow for up to 250,000 all-electric miles driven per month across its offerings, according to GM. Maven also plans to offer the Bolt EV in San Francisco and San Diego.
To support the introduction of the Bolt EV to the Maven platform, GM is working with infrastructure providers on building a more effective EV charging network. Drivers using the Bolt EVs, for example, will have access to free charging for a limited time via the entire EVgo Freedom Station network throughout California, says GM.
Maven is also working with each of California’s investor-owned utilities on infrastructure projects that can help encourage the use of EVs in the sharing economy.
“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.”
Since launching in October 2016, Maven City carsharing in Los Angeles has seen an average of 56% member growth month-over-month. Maven will leverage this existing platform as well as in-city infrastructure, fleet management capabilities, and operational insights to help advance the City of Los Angeles’ Sustainable City pLAn, according to GM.
In the last 13 months, Maven has grown to 17 cities in the U.S. and Canada: Ann Arbor, Mich.; Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Los Angeles; Jersey City, N.J.; Nashville, Tenn.; New York City; Orlando; Phoenix; San Diego; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; and Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Maven has more than 24,000 members who have made more than 27,500 reservations, according to GM.
Originally posted on Auto Rental News