The so-called gig economy is growing, and General Motors wants to provide vehicles to meet the needs of its members. In keeping with the transient nature of this emerging workforce, GM has launched a new service called Maven Gig that offers Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle on a short-term basis for people who need temporary wheels for jobs such as ride-sharing or grocery and food delivery.
Maven Gig is already operating in San Diego and will expand to San Francisco and Los Angeles later this year, and then to other U.S. major markets, according to GM. Bolt EVs, which have an estimated range of more than 200 miles before needing to be recharged, will be available for $229 a week via Maven, and GM is throwing in free charging at EVgo stations.
At launch, Maven has partnered with grocery delivery service Instacart, restaurant delivery service GrubHub and package delivery service Roadie. Maven Gig will also be available to drivers for Lyft and Uber, although GM already has deals in place to provide gas-powered Chevrolet vehicles ranging from an Equinox SUV to Cruze compact sedan on a short-term basis to both ride-sharing services.
Since launching last year, Maven has provided vehicles for ride-sharing purposes in 11 major U.S. markets. With Gig, GM hopes to expand its “flexible mobility platform” to other sectors of what’s called the growing new “agile work force.”
GM said in a statement that “by 2020 an estimated 43 percent of the U.S. workforce will be made up of workers who freelance.” But based on Uber’s recent troubles and concerns that the gig economy could be sued to death and calls for minimum legal salaries for workers, some are contemplating whether the trend is a bubble.
Originally published by Forbes.com