Lyft Drivers To Be Among First To Get Chevrolet Bolt EV Starting In Late 2016


2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

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.

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Inside 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:

Sources: GM, Fortune

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21 Comments on "Lyft Drivers To Be Among First To Get Chevrolet Bolt EV Starting In Late 2016"

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GM better make sure that the cities where they do this have a good DC Fast Charging infrastructure.

So, far, that infrastructure has come primarily via the efforts (and open wallets) of Nissan and BMW, with a little help from VW.

GM, it’s time for you to step up. Join Nissan and BMW in expanding the dual-standard DCFC infrastructure. Better yet, push for 150 kW capability in the new stations, so they are ready when your car is …

A smart way would have GM work with charging companies that are already deployed then pick up part or all of the tab for the electricity.

“GM better make sure that the cities where they do this have a good DC Fast Charging infrastructure.”

The cities listed here: Boston, DC, SF, LA, Chicago, Baltimore.

Those cities with exception of Chicago, already have pretty decent coverage of CCS chargers according to plugshare.

Maybe Lyft/GM can have a “all you can charge” program. But then the problem is that will encourage lyft drivers to “hog” those stations.

So, maybe that is why those cities are selected in the first place since they already got a decent coverage. Not to mention that 200 miles for those place and maybe 1 charging session per day at lunch break is probably more than enough.

If the Lyft drivers are using the charging facilities and “hogging” them, maybe they should build more charging stations?

Lyft drivers are not doing inter city trips and EV drivers are not quick charging inside the city. I don’t see how there is any overlap.

Secondly, there are far more CCS chargers in the northeast than superchargers and almost as many as ChaDeMo. I don’t know what your issue is. I can’t go 25 miles from Boston to DC without having another couple of options. The people raising FUD about CCS coverage are looking at 2 year old maps.

One partial charge per day was going to my point too.

Average city driving speed is around 30 mph. It will take 6.6 hours of continuous driving to deplete the battery. A top-off at lunch would provide enough range to cover an entire shift.

I’ve been waiting for hours for the comment section to open on this article. A bunch of pre-production Bolts showed up in Oregon today, I found four pictures of different Bolts charging on Plugshare. Could some Lyft drivers already be taking delivery of their Bolts.

cool, I hope to see one in Europe soon. Really wish this second generation proves succesfull

Can you link to pics please?

The best I can do is tell what stations to look at under You will have to find the pictures of the Bolts at the stations.


Southern Oregon State Science Center
Fred Meyer in Roseburg, OR
Fred Meyer in Grants Pass, OR
Roth’s Fresh Markets

Are they trying to do Seattle to San Diego route on CCS?

Well, all the postings are spread out along I5 but one of the charging stations was just an L2. They were all different cars and they didn’t seem to be traveling in a pack. The mystery of the roving pre-production Bolts, will we ever know the story?

Texas FFE, you can get direct links to Plugshare listings by clicking on “share” in the listing. that will give you a web URL that will take people straight to that listing. For example, here’s one of the DCFC stations in Oregon where the Bolt was spotted, and pic uploaded. Cool!

All the Bolts in the Plugshare pictures have some kind of electronic module on the dashboards. The modules remind me of taxi cab modules. Maybe these are Lyft cars.

A bunch more Bolts showed up charging on Plugshare today, this time in Washington state.

It helps too with beta-testing the Bolt. You get a lot of miles fast from, what should be, better than average drivers, and mostly in conditions in which the runabout shines. City driving.
Plus it introduces users, who might consider such a vehicle at some time in the future, to the Bolt.

It’s sort of the opposite…I ride uber/lyft often…Time is money, 98% of drivers accelerate hard, slam on the brakes and do illegal UTurns…Also if it’s a hot or cold day, HVAC will be cranked up…Not to mention, it’s not really their car so there’s no consquences to beating the crap out of it…Most if not all PHEVs/EVs have some sort of efficiency rating display, there will be very few getting good scores…The next question would be will they get free electricity? My guess is yes, which adds to the lack of consequences so going with speed over efficiency…Depending what the EPA rates it for range and how hot/cold the day is, a Lyft driver will probably get 150-170 miles of range, possible less…It will also almost be exclusively fast charged…You’re not getting at all, real world data, you’re basically getting aggressive data which is still useful…They’re doing this for exposure which isn’t a bad thing…

So if GM sells a Bolt to Lyft/Maven, do they still gain the ZEV credits?

Why does SF get it before LA?

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What about Florida????