Why GM Is Sending Dozens of Electric Chevy Bolts to Los Angeles

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 17, 2017

"Los Angeles is being very aggressive and very proactive", when it comes to adopting new, low-emission solutions for commuters, says Peter Kosak, a manager at Maven.

Born from the assets of GM's acquisition of SideCar Technologies, Maven serves two functions within GM.

The Maven car-sharing program launched in February in Ann Arbor, Mich., but GM quickly began rolling out the service nationwide.

The Maven service is now available in 17 cities throughout the USA and Canada, and in its 13 months of operation, it's signed up more than 24,000 members.

Collectively, those members have traveled more than 78 million miles, representing nearly 28,000 reservations.

Working in concert with the city, Maven intends to help execute the mayor's City of Los Angeles' Sustainable City pLAn.

By adding the Bolt EV, Maven could allow for up to 250,000 all-electric miles driven per month across all of its offerings, the company said Thursday.

GM announced today an expansion of Maven, its car-sharing and ridesharing service, in Los Angeles with the introduction of the all-electric Chevy Bolt EV in the fleet. The Cars will be available both to Maven customers and via Lyft Express Drive, a weekly rental program for Lyft drivers.

And Maven's not the only fleet application for the Bolt EV in LA, either. The Bolt has an EPA estimated 238-mile driving range between charges, and access to EVgo Freedom Station's network of chargers is free.

GM is collaborating with partner companies and government agencies to pursue infrastructure projects that will encourage the use of EVs in the 'sharing economy.' Similar initiatives will likely be pursued in San Diego and San Francisco as Maven further expands Bolt availability. The auto sharing company will eventually offer a fully electric autonomous network of vehicles tied to mass transportation stations to encourage more drivers to leave their cars at home when visiting the city.

"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 congestion", said Julia Steyn, vice president, General Motors Urban Mobility and Maven in a statement.

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