Thanks to the Maven app, now freelance drivers in Los Angeles have access to Maven Gig vehicles to support all their hustles. By this fall, Maven Gig will expand throughout the U.S. by launching in Boston, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., and Baltimore and Detroit will soon join the mix.
Freelancers want freedom and flexibility, and Maven Gig provides both. Take Jamie, who earns a couple hundred dollars as a freelancer picking up and dropping off passengers as a licensed driver for a ride-sharing company on an average Friday night. With Maven Gig, Jamie can now increase earning power by adding other gigs. For instance, spending two hours during the lunch rush delivering food adds another $30-$50. Delivering packages and groceries during the day adds even more.
Maven Gig vehicles are available for flat weekly rates that include the car, unlimited miles, insurance (minus deductibles) and maintenance. Having unlimited mileage and insurance to cover personal and commercial use is extremely important for drivers in the gig economy. Pricing starts at $189 plus taxes for a Chevrolet Cruze. Additional vehicles include the Chevrolet Malibu ($209 per week plus taxes), Trax ($219 per week plus taxes), Impala ($225 per week plus taxes). The Chevrolet Bolt EV is available for reservation with free charging at EVgo stations for a limited time.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV with an EPA-estimated range of 238 all-electric miles1 is the most popular vehicle among Maven Gig drivers. More than 100 Bolt EVs are available in Los Angeles and that number will double by the end of 2017.
Maven Gig Bolt EVs have driven 1.4 million all-electric miles in California since February 2017 and have saved an estimated 50,000 gallons of gas.
More than 130,000 rides have been given in Maven Gig Bolt EVs, and drivers show no signs of range anxiety.
Maven Gig allows its members to earn money by driving for multiple apps. Previously the company entered in key partnerships with GrubHub, Instacart, Roadie and ride-sharing services. Now, HopSkipDrive has been added as a partner as well.
HopSkipDrive is a ride service that helps parents get their kids where they need to go when they're not able to do so themselves.
"We are committed to bringing Bolt EVs to all Maven Gig markets. Drivers want the Bolt EV because of cost savings as well as helping with energy and environmental goals," said Rachel Bhattacharya, chief growth officer for Maven. "The freelance economy is growing and Maven Gig is growing along with it to provide transportation solutions for freelance drivers."
1 Actual range may vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain and driving technique.
Edited by G. Davila