General Motors and Lyft have combined forces to create the Express Drive program which is designed to provide affordable access to short term rentals in select cities across the U.S. This program allows participants affordable access to dependable, fuel efficient transportation at very reasonable weekly rental rates – and the rates go down with each new rental. There is no long term commitment and insurance and maintenance are included.
Lyft was founded in 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer, who look like geniuses now. They started Lyft to allow people to reconnect with their communities through better transportation. Lyft is now the fastest growing ridesharing firm in the United States. Consumers sing their praises for the safe and friendly service they receive. Lyft says that it is all part of their commitment to affecting positive change for the future of our cities – hear, hear!
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.”
Now, the Express Drive short term vehicle access program is being expanded to include several cities in California and Colorado. Expected to be featured in this expansion is the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.
The launch is expected to begin in the summer of 2016 in San Francisco and in Los Angeles by the fall.
Program members will have access to the largest electric vehicle fleet in ridesharing, including the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt and the extended range 2016 Chevrolet Volt. As an added bonus, over 130,000 people who applied to be Lyft drivers and didn’t possess qualifying vehicles will now have the opportunity to drive on the platform. Express Drive will also launch in Denver, Colorado in the fall of 2016.
This current expansion comes on the heels of successful launches in Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., and Baltimore. Since March, these programs have garnered tremendous interest, as evidenced by these facts:
- Thirty-percent of new Lyft drivers have requested an Express Drive vehicle
- Boston’s Lyft vehicle program was fully subscribed in less than four-days
- Lyft drivers have earned nearly $2-million since its inception
“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.”