Lyft Exec Confirms Its Drivers Will Be First To Get Chevrolet Bolt


2017 Chevrolet Bolt

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

Drivers that work for Lyft will be among the first to get their all-new, purely electric Chevrolet Bolt. Bear in mind that Lyft does not purchase the vehicles, but employs contracted drivers that will have the option to drive one. Emily Castor, director of transportation at Lyft shared:

Chevrolet Bolt EV Production-Intent Interior

Chevrolet Bolt EV Production-Intent Interior

“Drivers on the Lyft platform will be receiving Bolts to drive first.”

Lyft employs over 300,000 drivers in 200 U.S. cities, so getting the car to them as an option first, is excellent planning by General Motors. GM has invested $500 million in Lyft to set up the Express Drive rental program for Lyft drivers, in multiple cities.

Lyft drivers can rent the GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Equinox, Malibu, Volt and soon, the 2017 Bolt EV. The drivers will also have an option to test drive the first self-driving Bolts. GM’s Pam Fletcher, executive chief engineer of electric vehicles and autonomous technology explained:

 “We have not made that announcement yet, but what I would say is this (self-driving Bolts) is all coming much faster than people anticipate, so I’ll say that much. We have been transparent about that. We are working on an on-demand ride-sharing network with Lyft, it’s not something we are thinking about, it’s something we are very much readying for consumer use.”

Lyft’s president, John Zimmer further substantiated the progress saying that by 2021, over half of rides on Lyft will be provided using autonomous vehicles. This is not to say specifically that there won’t be a driver or monitor present, but the cars will surely feature the tech.

The rental program allowing Lyft drivers to get a Bolt is now expanding to Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. It is already available in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington, D.C. Castor assured that As Lyft continues to grow, the demand for drivers is increasing  significantly.

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It seems like a win win for Lyft and GM in the long-term and a punch in the gut for Lyft drivers when they become obsolete. Unless drivers own a self driving vehicle that is contracted with Lyft.

There will still be a need for human drivers as courier/food delivery services…I don’t think Lyft/Uber will be very quick to deploy self-driving cars to rural areas…

Also, for anyone who can’t get their baggage in and out of the vehicle.

I wonder if the Lyft Bolt EVs will be LT or Premier.


Premier as they need those ever important rear seat USB ports…

As long as Lyft gets some and not most of the first couple weeks deliveries, it could be a good idea. I hope it doesn’t mean that they are going to put normal buyers in the back seat for a month or so.
You only get one chance to make a first impression. Make it a good one.

GM/Lyft said they’re deploying both Bolts/Volt in cali starting with San Fran…125-250 bolts is the best guess

Puzzling is that GM engineers publicly said that the car is not technically capable of stop and go automation because of ‘not having blended brakes’, and now we hear it is supposed to already be autonomous ? Something is not right here…

The car has the text-book definition of “blended brakes”; this has been discussed many times and most agree someone misunderstood something…

We know non-autonomous Bolt EVs are going to Lyft first, there has not been much discussion to whether autonomous Bolts will launch along side…We do know that every autonomous spotted testing in San Fran or Scottsdale has a huge array of equipment on the roof; every first generation Bolt EV that’s autonomous may never not have that roof array nor be sold to the general public…That’s a theory to why it even has a roof rack at all and it’s only available on the Premier…

The best part is that every ride in a Bolt will be an advertisment for electric cars in general and the passengers will see how smoth and quite they are…

True, thereby implanting positive memes into the person driving or being driven.
An important point.

Last we heard they announced they’re ONLY coming to Cali and specifically San Fran and L.A. along side the Volt…More than half of all EVs are sold here, frequent Lyft/Uber drivers have probably been in an EV before…

Unfortunately, both SF/L.A. are not the place to showcase a quiet smooth ride…Tourist who are lost, cyclists, bums yelling and atrocious gridlock traffic are the norm, both kill the quiet/smooth experience…When journalists were given the Bolt, they had them travel on a nice quiet scenic coastal drive…

What a GREAT way to expose thousands of people to the awesomeness of plug-in vehicles!

I was thinking the same thing. You can get huge exposure to many people by actually having them ride in the car. They can ask the owner questions. Way better than antiquated TV ads. GM should be smart to get Lyft to poll owners on feedback and improvements.

San Fran has plenty of EVs; the exposure is for the Bolt EV…Even if you never use Lyft, if you’re in San Fran you’ll see Bolt EVs on the streets…

This is just plain stupid on the part of GM. GM should capitalize on its lead over Tesla by getting Bolts into the hands of consumers who actually buy the vehicles in order to capture market share from Tesla.

I’m always telling myself “Don’t buy a car that is currently sold for less than one year” – because also with cars >1 year in production I had enough problems that were solved in later “revisions”…

So the article title should be like “Lyft drivers get offers for beta-testing the Bolt before sold to normal customers”…


Unlike Tesla, GM has be beta testing the Bolt for the past year. Many owners consider the first gen Volt to be overengineered compared to the second.

In the hands of a customer, things can be very different…
BTW: Was thinking of our Renaults here (Megane III Ph. I and Captur I Ph. I…


Here is my take. Lyft drivers will probably get circa 50% of the first 6 months of Bolt production, which will take us into next Summer.
After the initial rush still around 20% will continue to go to Lyft drivers for the remainder of the 1st year of production, depending on numbers. So ball park that leaves 8k-9k left for the public to buy, and since Lyft drivers get first dibs, public Bolt availability will remain spotty, at least in the first year of production, which will be around 22k.
I admit this is bit pessimistic but it’s only an estimate of what might happen.

It’s been announced Cali only and so far only SF first followed by L.A….Also mentioned Volts will be in the fleets as well…

Since GM is offering these (and other ICE vehicles in other markets like Chicago, Boston, etc) for free if you meet the requirements, GM is losing money on the offering…There’s debate to level of advertisement you get; definitely your new halo car, like the Bolt, makes a far greater exposure impact compared to an ICE Equinox…

Bolt EV’s first Bolt EVs are going to San Fran first? At least 100 Bolts will be driving around full time in San Fran, right on Tesla’s home turf…GM must really loath Tesla…

Or SF is the biggest EV market and the most competitive EV market in the US.

So, if you want the Bolt to show off, you do it on the biggest market/stage, which happens to be the SF Bay Area.

Is it compatible with the CCS chargers?

Yes. If you pay the $750 option.

Can I sign up as a Lyft driver and get one – then resign my job?

If you make more then $125K and give me your hiring managers name I’ll gladly tell you how to resign and sign up for Lyft… 😀

No need for the hassle. Keyes is taking deposits and it has more allocation than reservations.

Are we to expect that there will be a bunch of Lyft drivers hanging around Whole Foods in San Francisco?

Since GM is not building a charging network, Whole Foods stores are the only places CCS chargers are available.

Otherwise, a 60kWh battery will take over 10hours to charge on a L2 charger. Seems silly for Lyft.

How many miles do you think typical Lyft drivers will need per day?

238 miles range are enough to cover about 8 hours of driving in the typical speed of SF Streets.

Think about it for a second.

Good strategy by GM. This way a lot of people will be introduced to each vehicle, as the passengers inquire and the drivers give praise.

I think that is a good exposure.

SF Bay Area is the mecca of EV market and often leads the nation in EV adoption and choices. By showing the Bolt in those major cities first (where the majority of the potential population and buyers are), it gives Bolt a head start on exposure.

Often, even the people who lives in Suburbs still visit and work in the city which makes those city display of the cars even more useful as far as exposure is concerned.

I certainly think this is more efficient or money better spent than having a large demo fleet driving around dealers (which are often against selling EVs).

What about Arizona so many darn lyft drivers here id luv to be the first to get one

What about us the drivers who need to provide for our families. This job as a driver helps drastically. I’m what you call a senior. Lyft has allowed me to remain self independent now. Now take this work away from me too? Man!

If you are a “senior” I wouldn’t worry much about autonomous cars. By the time they arrive in earnest (and people are willing to trust them and actually ride in them)you’ll likely be too old to drive anyway. I don’t think it will be less than 15 years before that.

San Diego EV market is very strong! There is no announcemention for us to have the Lyft leases at my dealership. We ordered the first 10 yesterday as our first allocation and expect to deliver them before Christmas. No option for autonomous driver was listed on our build out platform. This will not be available to the mass market until it is ready for public consumption. As of now, it is still in the testing phases.