GM’s Maven car-sharing adds service in Denver, LA

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

General Motors Co.’s Maven car-sharing service said Thursday that it has expanded to more western cities, adding Los Angeles and Denver.

“Whether it is experiencing outdoor adventures, meeting for date night or exploring the city, Maven helps our members access transportation to and from the things that matter most,” Julia Steyn, vice president of GM urban mobility and Maven, said in a statement. “Our expansion into California markets and Denver allows more customers to experience the next-gen capabilities of Maven vehicles and be seamlessly connected to people and places.”

The Detroit automaker launched Maven earlier this year and it has grown to provide services in 13 U.S. cities. Eleven cities provide public car-sharing including Ann Arbor, Detroit, Chicago, New York City, Jersey City, Washington, D.C., Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orlando and Denver.

GM says its fleet for car-sharing totals 165 vehicles, but is growing. Maven also offers car-sharing for a specific residential market in Washington D.C.

In some markets, Maven offers an Express Drive car rental service to Lyft Inc. drivers. Those markets include Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles.

GM says more than 13,000 people have joined to use Maven and have made 14,000 reservations. GM includes in those figures car-sharing and Express Drive.

Car-sharing pricing varies by market. But in Denver and Los Angeles, for example, Maven starts at $8-an-hour, including fuel and insurance. Maven does not charge monthly or application fees and users download an app and can reserve and start a car through it.

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