Drive For Uber Or Lyft In LA? Now You Can Rent An EV For $5 An Hour via Evercar

NOV 18 2015 BY JAY COLE 11

Vision Fleet has debuted a new green car sharing service “Evercar” from the LA Auto Show this week, a service which allows locals in the area to rent an EV for a flat “per hour” fee for providing on-demand services such as Uber and Lyft.

Vision Fleet Already Runs A 425-Strong "Green" Fleet In Indy

Vision Fleet Already Runs A 425-Strong “Green” Fleet In Indy

If the name “Vision Fleet” rings a bell, that is because the company already operates a 425 strong, plug-in “Freedom Fleet in Indianapolis, as well as manages municipal fleets in Atlanta and Colorado.

The details of this latest project are pretty straight forward.  If you are driving for Uber, Lyft, Instacart, Postmates, etc., you can rent an all-electric LEAF at the rate of $5/hour (unlimited miles)…without having the hassles of actually owning a car at all, while at the same time providing a green alternative to internal combustion car sharing.

“For five dollars an hour, we’re making it possible for someone who wants to be part of the next generation economy to have access to a zero emission vehicle without dealing with the costs and risks of using a personal vehicle such as extra insurance, cleaning, and repairs,” said Evercar general manager Paul Hirsch.

The plan got under way this past July, and Vision Fleet has designs to take the program outside of LA and into the rest of the nation by the end of 2016, citing early success with the pilot project already.

Currently Evercar has vehicles to reserve in three locations:

– Downtown Los Angeles
– Marina del Rey
– Santa Monica

For more information hit up Evercar’s FAQ here, sign-up to drive here.

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11 Comments on "Drive For Uber Or Lyft In LA? Now You Can Rent An EV For $5 An Hour via Evercar"

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I wish there was EV car rental in Denver. I travel to Colorado at least once a year. I have family and a time share up there. I would really like to be able to fly up there and rent an EV for my short stay.

Car2go is popping up all over including Denver but use gas powered Smart cars. If the Car2go cars were electric I might try them but as it is I will probably avoid them.

Enterprise Car Rentals rents Leaf EVs in Washington State, they may have some in the Denver market too.

Who s paying for the electricity then?

That price is less than the city wide bike rental program the city of Santa Monica just rolled out, I know which one I’d choose….

I feel doing it by the hour is far too’d maybe make $10.00 an hour after the fees here.

Can you be off the clock while buying $10.00 quickcharges or do you double pay for those?

They do allow you the courtesy of paying $40.00 more each night to have it while sleeping. So that’s cool.

This would be well over $1,000.00 a month if you drove eight hours a day.

It would be less costly to buy or lease a Tesla at this rate.

Wait wait wait…less costly than a Tesla?

You do know that vehicles, even Rolls Royce, depreciates, right? (Except in rare case, and after many years…)

Tesla is no exception to the law of depreciation, which is, A LOT.

Not to mention any maintenance or repair on tear and wear items like tires, interior damages, car washes, etc.

None of which you’ll have to worry about in a rental.

If this service was rolled out to the general public I would be all over it. would use the car for commute and my regular car as a errands/ weekend

It is illegal in California to drive a rented vehicle for a TNC.

The range on the Leaf is about 80 miles. The average UBER driver drives about 800 miles a week.

With a limited range of 80 miles and the traffic in LA, there is a good chance of getting stranded.

That’s why it’s “unlimited mileage”.