Free-Floating Car Sharing In The River City
Our all-electric cars can’t wait for you to show them around town, from dinner in Midtown to a show at the arena. Take affordable trips with free parking, charging, and insurance, with an itty-bitty carbon footprint!
Free Parking, No Membership Fees, And Insurance Included!
We've partnered with the City of Sacramento to give you free street parking. Park at residential permitted, metered
spots that are 1+ hour and not otherwise restricted. That’s right, no need to feed the meter in the HomeZone! This doesn't include private or public lots and you can't end your trip within 12 hour of city services.
We Take Care
Of Charging Too
Our awesome fleet team works really hard to keep all of our cars charged up. But if you ever find yourself in
a situation when you need a charge (maybe on a long trip), we’ll cover the cost of the electricity.
Our all-electric fleet of brand new Chevy Bolts are cruising around the streets of Sacramento. They feature
room for five, plenty of cargo space, bike racks, seat warmers, and so much more.
Pick Up And Drop Off
Anywhere In The HomeZone
The beauty of Gig is that it’s one-way car sharing. You can pick it up in Land Park and drop it off in East
Sacramento, or wherever your heart desires (within the Sacramento HomeZone).
Electric Gigs (green pins) must end trips in Sacramento. Hybrid Gigs are blue and can begin and end trips in any of our HomeZones.
Easy, Affordable, Green
Car sharing with Gig is designed to be simple. Get in and go and only pay for what you use. Just taking a quick trip across town? Pay by the minute. Need the car for a little longer? Pay by the hour. Going on a long adventure? Enjoy our affordable Day Rates.
Prices subject to change. Check the app for the most accurate pricing.
Learn more about our rates
What is GIG Car Share?
Gig is a new all-electric car sharing program offered in the City of Sacramento. It’s a one-way or free-floating car share service, which means you can pick up a car in one location, and drop it off in a different location within Gig’s service area, known as the HomeZone.
What’s a HomeZone?
The HomeZone is Gig’s service area; it is the area where you can start and end a trip. Gig’s Sacramento HomeZone is 13 square miles that largely encompasses the Central City. The HomeZone boundaries are viewable in the Gig app. You can drive a Gig out of the HomeZone, but you will need to return the car and end the trip back in the HomeZone.
What kind of cars does Gig offer?
Gig has a fleet of 260 All-Electric Chevy Bolts available for use in Sacramento. The Chevy Bolt features room for five, plenty of cargo space, bike racks, and much more.
How do I use Gig?
To get started, download the GIG Car Share app and signup to become a Gig Member. Next, use the app to find an available Gig near you, unlock it, then start the engine and drive. Making multiple stops? Use the app to hold onto your Gig when it's parked between stops.
How much does it cost?
Our Electric Gig pricing is:
- $0.40 per minute
- $15 an hour
- $85 for the day
- Charging, insurance, and parking in the HomeZone are included.
- Gig automatically calculates the best rate based on use.
If you grab a Hybrid Gig the price is $2.50 a mile for short trips (capped at $15).
- Minimum charge per trip: $2.50
- Park and come back on short trips less than 1 hour: $0.30/minute
- Surcharge over 250 miles per trip: $0.45/mile
- Parking fees outside the HomeZone: All standard parking laws and fees are enforced outside the HomeZone.
- Bay Area Bridge Tolls: Every car is registered with the FasTrak system. Tolls are automatically billed to your account the following month.
Where can I park?
Gigs can be parked in any legal street space that permits parking for one hour or more in the HomeZone, including metered or time zone spaces that allow one hour or more parking and are not otherwise restricted. The general rule is, if the parking sign is green for one hour or more, you're in the clear. If it's red, you can't park there.
Any one hour or longer parking spot if it is a:
- Metered street parking spot, or
- Time zone parking spot, and
- Residential permitted spot, marked with a green sign
- Not otherwise restricted
- No 15-minute or 30-minute meters (no metered spots under one hour).
- No yellow, red, blue, green parking spots (i.e., no restricted zones such as loading, handicapped, events, parking lots, private spaces).
- Don’t park in residential-permitted spaces, check the signs, if they’re red you can’t end your trip.
- No parking within 12 hours of city services like street sweeping, street closures, or other posted restrictions.
- No parking in private parking lots (i.e., Amtrak or Sacramento train station parking lot).
- Don't end your trip outside the Sacramento HomeZone when driving an Electric Gig (green pin).
How do I charge an Electric Gig?
Step 1. Finding an Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station: Using your personal device, search for the nearest EV charging station, or, feel free to give us a call at (800) 464-0889 and we'll help find one for you.
Step 2. Arriving at an EV charging station: As a reminder, the charging port on the Electric Gig (Chevy Bolt) is on the driver's side of the car, near the front wheel. Just push on the cap to release, and open.
Step 3. Start the charge: Just like refueling, Gig covers the cost to recharge our Electric Vehicles. Gig has partnered with several EV charging station providers, and recharging at partner stations (Such as Evgo) is paid for by Gig - Once you've arrived, just call Member Support at (800) 464-0889 to initiate your charging session. You will need the charging station ID number for them to reference. For all other EV charging stations, the process is as follows: The Gig Member will pay for the recharging via credit card or the specific charging station app, and submit the expense to Gig for reimbursement. Reimbursement can be initiated in the form of Gig credits, or, via check.
How long does it take?
Depending on the charger (and how much charge you need), recharging can take several hours.
For example, there are three different kinds of chargers:
- The fastest are Level 3 – or DCFC – chargers, which can take around two hours to reach a charge of about 75 percent.
- A Level 2 charger might take as long as eight hours for a full charge.
- A Level 1 charge is simply plugging into any wall socket. We don’t recommend doing this, as it takes more than 20 hours to charge up.
How do I get reimbursed?
Please email a JPEG/PNG of the receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Member Charging/Fueling" within 30 days of charging. We will issue Gig Credits for the amount of the charging plus $5 within 10 days, or a check within 60 days. Just mention in the email if you’d prefer the Gig Credits or the check.
Is Gig a City program?
- GIG Car Share is a private company headquartered in Berkeley, CA providing service now in Sacramento.
- Like other car and bike share programs, Gig is permitted by the City to operate in Sacramento and follows city laws.
- GIG Car Share is one of several programs the City is supporting to enable green mobility options and infrastructure for our communities and residents.
What are other examples of green mobility programs the City is supporting?
- Bike and scooter share programs such as JUMP
- Multi-modal transportation investments such as protected bike lanes
- Operation of EV charging infrastructure
- The Our Community Car Share program
- Support for electric bus and shuttle programs
What are car share vendors required to do to operate in the City?
Car Share vendors can apply for special parking privileges in the City’s right-of-way if they meet several City requirements. Gig is a permittee under the City's Carshare Framework, and meets all City requirements, such as:
- Meeting the minimum insurance requirements
- Provided an outreach plan
- Submits a data and monitoring plan
- Operates a fleet of car share vehicles with consistent branding
- Pays annual parking fees
- Operates as a membership-based service
- Uses an approved technology to collect real-time parking info
- Allows qualified members to make vehicle trips with the use of a shared vehicle from an unstaffed location
Car Share vendors that do not have City parking permits must abide by all parking regulations, like any other vehicle.
More information on car share requirements are available online: https://www.cityofsacramento.org/Public-Works/Transportation/Programs-and-Services/Car-Share
Why is the City allowing this?
- One-way car share has been proven to successfully remove 7-11 private vehicles from local neighborhoods (Susan Shaheen, 2015, UC Berkeley-Transportation Sustainability Research Center).
- Providing residents, workers, and visitors with access to an affordable, convenient, and environmentally friendly car share option will give more people the opportunity to rely less on a private personal vehicle, helping to free up City streets.
Does Gig ensure that residents are not blocked out of parking near their home?
- Gig cars typically move around and don’t stay parked for as long as privately owned vehicles do.
- Car share vehicles are typically in use four times more frequently than privately owned vehicles.
- As the demand for Gigs increases over time, the median parking time will gradually decrease.
How long can Gig car share vehicles stay parked on the street?
Like all motor vehicles, free-floating car share vehicles may park up to 72 hours in any legal parking space in accordance with the California Vehicle Code and Sacramento City Code.
Can residents request that Gigs be moved?
- Gig encourages its Members to follow all posted signs and parking requirements.
- If a Gig Member parks illegally, we ask that you contact Gig’s 24/7 Member Care team at (800) 464-0889 or email at email@example.com to get the issue resolved.
How are the vehicles managed?
- Gig’s Sacramento fleet operations team monitors and manages the Gig fleet, and is responsive to calls that come through the Member Care center.
- This includes ensuring the vehicles are clean, properly charged, and safely maintained.
- The fleet operations team also monitors parked vehicles to ensure Gig’s fleet complies with parking regulations such as the 72-hour limit.
- Gig worked with City of Sacramento staff as well as Sacramento City Council members to identify neighborhoods with the best potential for benefiting from one-way car share, while also evaluating characteristics and opportunities based on potential market demand.
- These include: ability to legally park on the curb-side, a reasonable population or employee density, limited access to public transportation infrastructure, and above average percentage of homes that have one or fewer cars per household.
- The HomeZone may change over time based on demand and usage hot-spots.
I have other questions
- Learn more about the Sac-to-Zero initiative at sactozero.com
- Learn more about the GIG Car Share program at gigcarshare.com/sacramento
- See GIG FAQs at gigcarshare.com/faq
- Call Gig member services at (800) 464-0889
- Email for customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Learn more about the City’s role at cityofsacramento.org/Public-Works/Transportation/Programs-and-Services/Car-Share