The Chevrolet Bolt EV is an ideal car for rideshare drivers in the gig economy who want to make a good impression and save money by avoiding the gas pump.
“There’s a lot of excitement and energy from passengers who most of the time have never ridden in an electric vehicle,” says Jesus Rosa who drives a Bolt EV from Maven Gig – a program for rideshare drivers who rent/lease a car at an affordable weekly rate- to work for multiple rideshare delivery platforms. “It’s a bigtime ice breaker.”
In addition to the novelty, a Bolt EV reservation with Maven Gig includes charging. Rideshare drivers report spending more than $1000 a month on gasoline to support their gigs, but with the all-electric Bolt EV, the money goes back into a driver’s pocket instead of into the pump.
“Aside from insurance and depreciation, the largest expense for drivers is gasoline,” adds Rosa, “and so driving the Bolt [EV] is perfect for helping to minimize that expense.”
And for all those frequent stop-and-go city trips, the Bolt EV’s regenerative braking contributes about 40 miles of the EPA-estimated 238-mile range.
A Versatile Interior and Cargo Space for Airport Trips
The Bolt EV is well designed for rideshare driving with a spacious interior to comfortably seat 5 passengers, and a versatile cargo space, useful for passengers headed to and from the airport with luggage.
For rideshare drivers, the airport route is a critical one. If drivers catch the right fare out of an airport, it sets the foundation for a strong hourly rate. Additionally, airports are often outside of the city, so for drivers who live close, these trips are an efficient way to start and end the work day.
Maven Gig conducted an unofficial experiment to see if two oversized suitcases and a couple of handbags would fit into the cargo area without folding down the rear seats. With 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats*, the Bolt EV fit everything comfortably, with room to spare (see the above picture), and without obstructing the driver’s view out of the rear window. The car also comes with an available “false cargo floor” for squeezing out that extra room. With 56.6 cu ft. of cargo space with the rear seats folded*, Bolt EV is engineered to provide more room than you’d expect in an electric vehicle. So when it comes to more usable room for your stuff, you have the flexibility to carry larger, oddly shaped items.
Though the Bolt EV’s size is deceiving from the outside, the car has a functional, spacious interior, thanks in part to an efficient packaging of the battery pack. Taller passengers regularly comment on the comfortable backseat, says Rosa.
“Sometimes taller guys ask if they should hail a different a car, but I always encourage them to get in and give the Bolt [EV] a try,” adds Rosa. “In a couple of cases, the passengers are so excited about the room in the back seat they ask me to pull over to test out the front.”
Download the Maven Gig app to reserve a Chevrolet Bolt EV for your rideshare job.
*Disclosure: Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.