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You can now rent an electric car to drive for a ride-sharing company to make some serious SXSW cash

Lisa Dreher
Santo Brocato, an operations and logistics manager for Uber, illustrates a ride down Congress Avenue toward the Capitol building in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

South By Southwest starts March 9, and ride-sharing drivers know picking up festival-goers in downtown traffic is the best - albeit frustrating -way to quick cash. General Motors announced last Friday it now offers 20 Chevrolet Bolt EVs (electric cars) for those without a car who want to drive for a ride-sharing company to make money as part of GM’s project, Maven, according to General Motors’ press release.

Maven started in 2016 for ride-share drivers to rent GM cars in San Francisco, and later expanded to include food, grocery and package delivery useage. Its goal is to help people make side cash while using environmentally-friendly, efficient vehicles, according to its press release.

The electric cars start at  a flat $229 per week with included insurance (minus deductibles) maintenance and unlimited miles. Drivers do not pay a membership fee, the press release said. GM will temporarily provide charging “through Austin’s Energy Plug-In EVerywhere and EVgo networks,” the press release said. Drivers would use GM’s mobile app to check car availability and pricing, reserve a car and schedule when they will pick it up and drop it off after they’re done using it, the press release said.

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