GM-backed car-sharing service rolls into Baltimore - Technical.ly Baltimore

Business

Apr. 6, 2017 10:41 am

GM-backed car-sharing service rolls into Baltimore

Maven is debuting in about 20 locations.
Maven’s Scott Hall demonstrates the car-sharing app.

Maven's Scott Hall demonstrates the car-sharing app.

(Photo by Stephen Babcock)

As of this week, a new car-share service is available in Baltimore.

Maven, which is owned by General Motors, is rolling out about 40 cars around the city that are available for hourly or daily rental.

The Maven cars are reserved and unlocked via app, and can be picked up at spots where they’re parked around the city. The service is starting at 20 locations like downtown, Federal Hill, Mt. Vernon, Fells Point and around Johns Hopkins. Maven East Coast Manager Scott Hall said the GM backing gives the service is the ability to order more cars and scale up as needed.

The service moved into 17 cities since launching last year. Hall said the service is looking to tap into markets where parking is more limited and people are moving away from car ownership.

“It’s a logical extension for us to come into the Baltimore market,” he said.

The cars being offered are a mix of the smaller Cruze models and the more luxurious Tahoe SUV. Maven is also touting the tech onboard, as Hall pointed out that the cars have OnStar access in case there’s a need for service or navigation needs, as well as WiFi, satellite radio and phone hookups.

Mobility is an increasingly crowded space, and Maven’s service most immediately draws comparisons to Zipcar. Along with the GM backing, Hall said one difference is that Maven doesn’t have a membership fee. With Maven’s service, the cars have to be brought back to the same location where they were picked up. Zipcar has at least one instance of one-way service between Baltimore and D.C.

A Zipcar spokeswoman said new players in the market validates that “the future of mobility is paying for the trip, not the car.”

Maven’s car rental partnership with Lyft also started service in the city last summer.

Companies: ZipCar
-30-
CONTRIBUTE TO THE
JOURNALISM FUND

Already a contributor? Sign in here
Connect with companies from the Technical.ly community
New call-to-action

Advertisement

Hampden, Mondawmin Mall among top Baltimore Lyft destinations

Lyft launches $2.50 rides to the grocery store in South, West Baltimore neighborhoods

#BIW19 on the move: What’s the future of delivering goods, messages and votes?

SPONSORED

Baltimore

How independence fuels confidence and professional development at SmartLogic

Philadelphia

Technically Media

Technical.ly Director of Talent Initiatives

Apply Now

Baltimore, MD

14 West

Qlik Developer

Apply Now

Baltimore, MD

14 West

Senior Qlik Developer

Apply Now

Post-pilot, these 4 e-scooter companies are officially permitted to operate in Baltimore

Maryland is testing digital license plates

Here’s a look at Baltimore’s proposed rules and regulations for e-scooters, e-bikes

SPONSORED

Baltimore

How this lawyer is helping entrepreneurs bark up the right tree

Baltimore, MD

14 West

Lead Qlik Developer

Apply Now

Baltimore

14 West

Senior Business Analyst

Apply Now

Baltimore

SmartLogic

Operations Manager

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Baltimore

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!