Lyft Drivers To Be Among First To Get Chevrolet Bolt EV Starting In Late 2016
General Motors and ride-sharing partner, Lyft, are in the process of expanding the Express Drive vehicle access program to include Colorado and California. Lyft drivers will become some of the first to enjoy the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.
Lyft’s president and co-founder, John Zimmer, said:
“Expanding Express Drive provides opportunities to hundreds of thousands of new potential Lyft drivers and continues to make car ownership optional for both drivers and passengers. We are also excited to be adding electric vehicles to Express Drive, which is an important milestone for Lyft and the industry.”
The Express Drive program has seen positive results in Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., and Baltimore. In Boston, the program reached full capacity in four days. In Chicago, Express Drive’s first city, 30% of new Lyft driver applications included requests for renting Express Drive vehicles.
The new upcoming launches are set for California and Colorado in the summer and fall of this year. San Francisco is targeted for summer 2016, with Los Angeles to follow in the fall. Denver will be added to the program by the fall as well. The cities will have access to the country’s largest electric ride-sharing fleet which will include both the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt and, by late fall, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. The Bolt will be Express Drive’s first fully-electric model.
Between the three new cities, a total of 130,000 Lyft drivers that applied without their own qualifying vehicles, will have the opportunity to drive through the Express Drive, short-term rental program. Over time, the program will be expanded nationwide. Dan Ammann, GM’s president shared:
“We are very pleased with the success of Express Drive and how quickly the team implemented the program since our alliance was announced earlier this year. The Chevrolet Bolt EV and Volt are a perfect fit for ridesharing offering very low operating costs and a wide range of connectivity features for both drivers and passengers.”
Check out the video for more info on the GM and Lyft partnership and future plans to move toward self-driving fleets: