(UPDATED 10/3/2020) Sacramento is now home to GIG Car Share – the largest all-electric car sharing service in the United States. NEW: See Update below re: Gig4Good.
The new all-electric free-floating GIG Car Share service, provided by AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah, is now available to Sacramento residents. Will free-floating car sharing become as wildly popular in Sacramento as JUMP bikes? Only time will tell.
See related blog post: JUMP Bikes – A Big Hit in Sacramento
I recently noticed several GIG Chevy Bolts parked in my neighborhood, and was very interested to find out more about them. As it turns out, that same day GIG Car Share and the City of Sacramento had representatives at the East Sacramento Improvement Association (ESIA) monthly meeting to brief the ESIA Board on the new service.
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GIG Car Share HomeZone’s
GIG Car Share will allow Sacramento residents to pick up and drop off GIG cars within a 13 square-mile “HomeZone”. The Sacramento GIG website outlines the boundaries of the HomeZone in the following neighborhoods:
- East Sacramento
- Land Park
- Curtis Park
- Tahoe Park
Membership & Cost
There is no GIG membership or sign up fees – but members must be 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. The GIG Car Share representative at the ESIA meeting mentioned that it takes only a few minutes when one first applies to check the applicants driving record before membership is approved.
GIG members only pay for the time that they use and GIG will always calculate the lowest rate – minute, hour or day. Rates are set at the lowest of:
- $0.40 per minute (up to $15)
- $15 per hour (up to $85)
- $85 per day
The minimum trip charge is $2.50 – and the price you pay includes charging, parking and Third Party Liability Insurance.
Two important rules to keep in mind:
- Trip must start and end within the HomeZone
- Park only in residential areas where permitted, metered spots that are 1+ hour and not otherwise restricted (watch out for street sweeping signs, etc.)
It goes without saying the one should carefully read the membership agreement so there is no misunderstanding about the responsibilities of membership.
I haven’t yet taken a GIG vehicle out for a spin – but it is on my list of “things-to-do”.
(UPDATED 10/3/2020) GIG Car Share is helping nonprofits via Gig4Good. Gig4Good provides qualified community-focused nonprofits cars at no cost for up to a week at a time. Sacramento nonprofits that have taken advantage of Gig4Good to date are:
- Feed Sacramento Homeless
- Rose Family Creative Empowerment Center
- Saint John’s Program for Real Change
- Solidarity of Unhoused People
- Stanford Settlement
Do you see yourself using the GIG Car Share service? Or, if you have taken one for a spin what was your experience?
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