Partnerships that electrify ride-hail services are a promising way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from light-duty vehicles and improve the business case for fast charging services. Much like the personal vehicle market, the high upfront costs of electric vehicles (EVs) and access to charging infrastructure is a barrier to EV ownership within the ride-hail driver community. Maven Gig, a mobility service provider, offers Chevrolet Bolt EVs for rent to ride-hail and delivery drivers, and through a partnership with EVgo, these drivers have access to unlimited charging at EVgo DC fast charging stations as a limited time benefit. The rental arrangement alleviates the high upfront cost burden of EVs and the drivers have predictable operating costs since unlimited charging services are currently included in the weekly rental fee. The EVgo partnership both addresses the charging demand access issue for Bolt EV drivers and improves the business case for fast charging service providers.
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