By putting Chevy Bolts on the road, the company is encouraging the construction of charging stations it’ll need to sell more electric cars.
General Motors is extending Maven Gig, its car rental service for on-demand economy workers, to Los Angeles today. The company will be also expanding the offering to Boston, Phoenix, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Detroit before the end of the year. The 18-month-old program, which provides wannabe Uber, Lyft, and Instacart drivers with wheels for a weekly fee, has already attracted 25,000 members. But GM has motives that go beyond cashing in on the growing gig economy. The company is using its rental service to make the case for electric vehicle infrastructure.