Maven Expands L.A. Ridesharing
February 20, 2017
Maven, General Motors’ personal mobility brand, is working with the City
of Los Angeles to evolve mobility and provide easier, more sustainable
and more convenient options for Angelenos to navigate the city. Maven’s
seamless car-sharing application complements Los Angeles Mayor Eric
Garcetti’s vision to leverage multi-modal transportation solutions to
advance mobility and encourage more electric vehicles in the market. The
collaboration is expected to increase opportunities in Los Angeles
neighborhoods, from reducing mobility barriers to exposing all
communities to transportation electrification.
Maven City car sharing in Los Angeles
has seen an average of 56 percent member growth month-over-month since
launching in October 2016, and Maven will leverage this existing
platform as well as in-city infrastructure, fleet management
capabilities and operational insights to help advance the City of Los
Angeles’ Sustainable City pLAn. Maven members will play an integral role
in informing the co-creation process and will provide valuable insights
for future infrastructure and transportation developments.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV, with an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles, has
launched in Los Angeles in Maven City car sharing and the Lyft Express
Drive program. Maven supplies vehicles for Lyft’s Express Drive program,
providing Lyft drivers with affordable access to weekly rentals of GM
vehicles in select cities. By adding the Bolt EV, Maven could allow for
up to 250,000 all-electric miles driven per month across all of its
offerings. Maven also plans to offer the Bolt EV in San Francisco and
To support the introduction of the Bolt EV to the Maven platform, the
team is working with infrastructure providers on building a more
effective, robust EV charging network. Drivers using the Bolt EVs, for
example, will have access to free charging for a limited time via the
entire EVgo Freedom Station network throughout California. Maven is also
working with each of California’s investor-owned utilities, as well as
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, on infrastructure projects that
can help encourage the use of EVs in the sharing economy.
plans to collaborate with additional metropolitan cities to advance the
development of future applications, including a fully electric
autonomous network of vehicles tied to mass transportation stations.
Maven is the only program to
offer the Bolt EV for both car-sharing and ridesharing applications
providing immediate solutions for real-world mobility issues. The Bolt
EV is uniquely suited for vehicle sharing. The compact hatchback seats
five with room for cargo storage, and the flat floor facilitates easy
entry and egress. The smooth, quiet electric propulsion is ideal for
dense urban areas.
Maven City car sharing and the Bolt EV provide a pathway to autonomous
vehicle deployment. The foundation for a shared electric and autonomous
network linked to other mass transportation options can be leveraged by
cities to provide unique mobility solutions.
BY THE NUMBERS
◾In 13 months, Maven has launched
three products and has grown to 17 cities in the U.S. and Canada: Ann
Arbor, Michigan; Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit;
Los Angeles; Jersey City, New Jersey; Nashville, Tennessee; New York
City; Orlando, Florida; Phoenix; San Diego; San Francisco; Washington,
D.C.; and Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
◾Maven has more than 24,000 members
who have made more than 27,500 reservations.
◾Maven members have traveled more
than 78 million miles.
◾The average Maven City trip is 121
miles and lasts more than 12 hours.
◾The Lyft Express Drive program with
Maven in Los Angeles is currently the largest in the nation.
“Maven is a smart, seamless and flexible mobility platform providing
sharing solutions that meet the different needs of unique communities,”
said Julia Steyn, vice president, General Motors Urban Mobility and
Maven. “Starting with Los Angeles, Maven will focus on collaborating
with cities and municipalities to co-create smart transportation
solutions that enhance mobility, create jobs and ease parking and