The expanded operations in New York City provide consumers with on-demand hourly or daily carshare reservation options. To date, Maven — General Motors Co.’s mobility services platform — has launched in 17 cities, with its most recent expansion in Baltimore, Md., last month, according to a company press release.
The NYC expansion comes just two weeks following the launch of Maven Gig, a new service that offers rideshare and delivery drivers with an alternative to leasing.
Through Maven Gig, drivers can rent Chevrolet Bolt EVs for $229 per week for independent gigs that they choose, such as package delivery, food or grocery delivery, and ridesharing. The program is live in San Diego and will launch in San Francisco and Los Angeles later this year.
“All of the Chevrolet Bolt EVs used in the Maven fleet are new or nearly-new and are not part of the off-lease vehicles from GMF,” a Maven spokesperson told Mobility Finance. However, Maven continues to use off-lease vehicles in the Lyft Express Drive program, the Uber Vehicle Solutions program, and Maven City’s carshare programs — except where the Chevy Bolt EV is used in select markets.
Maven’s mobility platform is allowing for more rapid innovation at General Motors, which is disrupting itself with the intention of leading in the share of miles driven — whether through traditional vehicle ownership, carsharing, or ridesharing, according to the release.
Maven’s carshare services have been the “perfect test bed” to determine GMF’s role as the market continues to shift away from traditional car ownership, Rachel Bhattacharya, General Motors Co.’s director of commercial mobility and AV fleet operations, told Mobility Finance.
“We partnered with GMF to make sure that we have nice balance sheet situation and the vehicles are being efficiently financed,” she said. There is a “healthy future” for a captive finance arm as the industry continues to evolve, Bhattacharya said, and Maven is a “nice guinea pig” to test that future.
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