Freelance gig drivers who take on occasional work for ride-sharing services or make food and grocery deliveries in San Diego now have a new service at their disposal, thanks to the launch of Maven Gig by General Motors.
Under the program, the Chevy Bolt EV will be available to freelance drivers for $229 a week. This includes the cost of insurance, unlimited miles, and regular maintenance. In addition, Maven Gig also provides free charging for users at EVgo stations. Chevy Bolt EV vehicles run solely on electricity and have an estimated range of 238 miles between chargings.
How the Maven Gig program works
Program members can use the electric vehicle for independent work such as deliveries or driving for ride-sharing services. They can even use it as a combination of both. It provides vehicles to gig drivers for a short period of time with no commitment on the users’ part.
GM officials say this allows freelance drivers to make money from multiple sources. Launched in San Diego earlier this week, the program is expected to expand to Los Angeles and San Francisco later this year. Eventually, it could also start being used outside of California and in other states as well.
GM is targeting the program at drivers who want to earn money on their own terms while driving for whoever they want whenever they want. The Bolts used in the program are rented out by the hour, day or week. Among the program’s official partners are GrubHub, Instacart, Roadie, Uber and Lyft.
While the program is expensive if you compare its cost to that of a lease, it offers occasional, for-hire drivers the advantage of no long-term commitment. It is also perfect for city dwellers who may only need a vehicle occasionally to run errands or for a weekend getaway. Since the cost of insurance and regular maintenance are included in the price, that can be a win as well.
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