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Launched last year, Maven is a mobility service offered by General Motors and the car-sharing program has recently added the Chevrolet Bolt EV to its lineup. To give it a leg up with competitors like Zipcar, GM is now offering a service called Maven Gig.

Targeted at entrepreneurs who needs a temporary vehicle to make deliveries, ferry passengers, or other freelance services, independent contractors can participate in the sharing economy whilst generating income.

“With no penalty for early returns after one week, Maven Gig is a low-risk way to test out the freelance economy and get your side hustle on,” GM said in a recent press release.

Maven Gig has already been launched in San Diego, with San Francisco and Los Angeles to follow later this year. Priced at $229 per week, the service includes unlimited miles, free charging at EVgo stations, insurance (minus deductibles), and maintenance.

Although rented Bolt EVs can be used for any driving gig, Maven Gig did list three app-based delivery companies and two ride-hailing companies as its partners: GrubHub, Instacart, Roadie, Uber and Lyft.

In a little over a year Maven has attracted a following of 35,000 members and their vehicles have been driven more than 115 million miles. Their data shows a growing demand for longer on-demand rentals, which Maven Gig will now offer.
 

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Geez, when I read the title I thought the article was going to be about picking up women in the Bolt.....
 

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Re: the above "Maven Gig has already been launched in San Diego, with San Francisco and Los Angeles to follow later this year. Priced at $229 per week, the service includes unlimited miles, free charging at EVgo stations, insurance (minus deductibles), and maintenance."

Hyundai is offering a much better deal with their Ioniq, they are calling it their "Unlimited+" lease program: unlimited mileage allowance, vehicle-charging reimbursement, and a cohesive maintenance plan. (drivers will be issued a 'charging' credit on their account each month for three years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. Monthly use will be calculated by monthly mileage, the vehicle kilowatt-hour-to-mile rating, and the cost per kwh in California)

MONTHLY (not weekly) payments are based on the Ioniq Electric's trim levels: $275 for the Base, $305 for the Limited, and $365 for the Limited Ultimate.

Down side :
- it's an Ioniq EV, 125 miles range - not 240-ish as with the Bolt
- you sign up for, and commit to, a full 3 years (not on a per-week basis)
- the 'charges' are re-imbursements, not "use any EVgo station"

Still, for somebody that is going to be driving ~100 miles a day, 500 miles a week, it's a sweet deal.
 
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