General Motors is adding an additional use case to its Maven car sharing service. The company has announced it’s joining the “Gig” economy by renting vehicles by the week for people who perform jobs such as package deliveries with app Roadie, food delivery app GrubHub and more.
Basically Maven will rent you a Chevrolet Bolt EV for $229 per week to engage in your “Gig” jobs. The all-in price gets you the Bolt EV, insurance and access to EVgo chargers. Users can work multiple jobs with the vehicle, so let’s say you drive for Uber at night and deliver packages with Roadie during the day; Maven will still cover for you.
The value proposition here is a big questionable. It’s removing wear and tear from your own vehicle and removing the insurance burden, but there’s no question that most people can get a decent car and insurance for less than $900 per month.
For now the Maven Gig service is launching only in San Diego, with plans to roll it out in Los Angeles and San Francisco later this year. Expanding it beyond the three California cities will hinge on the success of the first three.
Maven currently operates its car sharing service in 13 U.S. cities. It allows users to rent GM vehicles by the hour or day via a mobile application on their smartphone. The company says that over 35,000 users have utilized the service since launching in January 2016.