GM’s LA car-sharing fleet adds 100 Chevy Bolts, offers free charging

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Maven, General Motors’ year-old car-sharing service, is adding over 100 Chevy Bolts to its fleet in Los Angeles. Maven also plans to offer the Bolt in San Diego and San Francisco in the near future.

According to GM, Maven has been “doing gangbusters” in LA: since launching in October 2016, the service has seen average monthly growth of 56 percent. Maven has 24,000 members in 17 cities in the US and Canada. That number includes drivers for ride-sharing service Lyft who rent vehicles under Maven’s Express Drive service.

Maven is part of GM’s larger “urban mobility” strategy – the company recently invested $500 million in Lyft, and acquired startup Cruise Automation. Self-driving Bolts, powered by Cruise’s automated driving software, are currently being tested in San Francisco and Arizona.

Fast charge network operator EVgo has also joined the party, offering free fast charging to Maven and Express Drive customers. EVgo is extending its 30-minute charge time limit to 60 minutes for Bolt drivers to allow enough time for the vehicle’s large battery pack to receive a nearly full charge.

“We are at the forefront of a new era in shared mobility and electric vehicle adoption, and EVgo is proud to be working with Maven and the Lyft Express Drive program to make recharging at our DC Fast stations a breeze,” said EVgo VP Terry O’Day.

 

Sources: EVgo, The Verge