Maven, a car-sharing service launched by General Motors, opens for business Monday in the District offering 40 vehicles in 10 lots scattered throughout the city. Residents and visitors can rent the cars, which range from Chevrolet Volts to Cadillac Escalades, using an app on their smartphones. Rates range from $8 an hour for a compact (like a Chevy Volt) to $24 an hour for a premium SUV (such as a Cadillac Escalade) and include insurance and fuel. There is no membership fee.
The company hopes to distinguish itself from other players in the market by offering “new vehicles with high trim levels.” The OnStar suite of services, which includes keyless entry, also will be available for users free of charge.