After an initial expansion announcement in August, General Motors is formally launching its Maven Gig service in Baltimore on Tuesday.
The service, which is provided in addition to the Maven City car-sharing program that launched last year, allows people to rent cars on a weekly basis.
It’s designed to provide a means of transportation for workers in the “gig” economy who may not have a car or don’t want to own one or lease one.
“It’s basically our car and your hustle,” said Amanda Khera, Maven’s general manager for Baltimore and D.C. “Maven Gig provides vehicles for freelancers.”
Cars are provided for a weekly flat rate with unlimited mileage. Users can sign up within the Maven app.
Maven also has partnerships with gig economy players like grocery delivery service Instacart and restaurant delivery service GrubHub to ease sign-up. The cars can also be used to transport people, so it can be a link to driving for ridesharing services like Lyft.
The service is based out of City Garage in Port Covington, where Maven currently has 20 cars. It expects to have 400 available through the Gig service by the end of the year.
Khera pointed out that the service is also offering the Chevy Bolt EV through the service along with gas-powered models, which could add more all-electric cars to the roads in Baltimore.
Gig is expanding to five other cities along with Baltimore, and is now available in eight cities including D.C.