Gig Car Share

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GIG Car Share
Subsidiary
FoundedApril 30, 2017[1]
Area served
Oakland, Berkeley, Sacramento, Albany, and Alameda
ServicesCarsharing
ParentA3 Ventures
Websitegigcarshare.com

GIG Car Share is a carsharing service in parts of the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, created by A3 Ventures (a division of the American Automobile Association).[2] The company operates a fleet of Toyota Prius Hybrid vehicles and all-electric Chevy Bolts, with roof-top bike racks and features one-way point-to-point rentals.[3]

The cars are unlocked and locked using a near-field communication (NFC) card or the companion app.[4] Members are charged by the mile, hour or day in the Bay Area and by the minute, hour and day in Sacramento.[5] Fuel and insurance is included in each trip.

The company partners with cities to pay for parking, which is included in each reservation. This includes metered spots.

At launch in April 2017, the company's fleet consisted of 250 vehicles across Berkeley and Oakland.[6] Between November 23, 2017 and December 31, 2017, the company temporarily expanded its service zone to include the San Francisco International Airport to accommodate holiday travelers.[7] On January 29, 2018, Gig announced an expansion from 250 to 500 vehicles.[8] In 2018, Gig expanded to Albany and Alameda[9]. In May of 2019 Gig launched the largest all-electric car sharing fleet in the United States with 260 Chevy Bolts in Sacramento.[10][11][12][13][14]


As of May 2019 Gig launched the nation's first inter-regional one-way car sharing service, allowing Members to start a trip in either the East Bay or Sacramento and then end their trip in a different region.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buhr, Sarah (30 April 2017). "AAA officially launches its car sharing startup Gig with a giant, sober dance party in Oakland". TechCrunch. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  2. ^ Peters, Adele (17 April 2017). "AAA Is Planning For A Future Where We Don't Own Cars–Starting With A Car-Share". Fast Company. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  3. ^ "AAA launches car-sharing service 'Gig' in Oakland, Berkeley". The Mercury News. 17 April 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  4. ^ Beth Quirk, Mary (1 May 2017). "AAA Takes On Zipcar With New 'Gig' Car-Sharing Business". Consumerist. Consumer Reports. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  5. ^ "GIG Car Share Rates". GIG Car Share. May 8, 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  6. ^ Said, Carolyn (17 April 2017). "AAA to offer one-way hourly car rentals in East Bay". SF Gate. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  7. ^ Siu, Antoinette (20 November 2017). "AAA's car-sharing service expands to SFO for holiday travelers". San Francisco Business Journal. Advance Publications. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  8. ^ Wirtschafter, Eli. "'One-way' car sharing grows in the East Bay". Retrieved 2018-04-17.. In 2018, Gig expanded to both Alabany and Alameda.
  9. ^ eikeme (2018-05-22). "One-Way Car Share Launched". Alameda Sun. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  10. ^ "Sacramento wants you to dump your car and rent one of these 400 electric share vehicles". The Sacramento Bee. ISSN 0890-5738. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  11. ^ Gonzalez, Vicki (2019-05-10). "How Sacramento's transportation culture is changing". KCRA. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  12. ^ Vigo, Julian. "The Technological Culture of Ethical Transportation". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  13. ^ "Charged Up". Comstock's magazine. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  14. ^ Berman, Bradley (2019-01-24). "Are Electric Cars Only for the Rich? Sacramento Is Challenging That Notion". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-15.

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