Lyft and General Motors announced that the Express Drive short-term vehicle access program will be coming to California and Colorado, with 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. All GM cars come with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi hotspots and OnStar services. Lyft drivers who provide 65 rides a week can get the vehicles for free.
Express Drive leases cost between $82 and $99 USD per week with 40 rides a week including insurance and maintenance. Drivers who provide more than 65 rides a week get the GM vehicle for free. The more the driver drive, the less they pay.
Launching in San Francisco in the summer of 2016 and in Los Angeles by the fall, Express Drive’s California members will have access to vehicles from the largest electric vehicle fleet in ridesharing, including the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV and the extended-range electric 2016 Chevrolet Volt. Express Drive will also launch operations in Denver by the fall of 2016.
In San Francisco, Los Angeles and Denver combined, over 130,000 people who applied to become Lyft drivers but didn’t have qualifying cars will now have the opportunity to drive on the platform.
The expansion follows successful launches in Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Since March, the Lyft-exclusive program has seen tremendous interest and adoption:
30% of new Lyft-driver applicants in Chicago have requested an Express Drive vehicle. Boston’s program was fully subscribed in less than 4 days. There has been nearly $2 million earned by Lyft drivers in the program to date
“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” said John Zimmer, Lyft’s president and co-founder. “We are also excited to be adding electric vehicles to Express Drive, which is an important milestone for Lyft and the industry.”
GM President Dan Ammann said, “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.”