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Lyft and GM’s Express Drive expands to Colorado and California; adds Bolt EV

Lyft and General Motors are expanding their Express Drive short-term vehicle access program (earlier post) to California and Colorado, including the new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV (earlier post).

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, more than 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 strong 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.

  • Lyft drivers in the program have earned nearly $2 million 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. We are also excited to be adding electric vehicles to Express Drive, which is an important milestone for Lyft and the industry.—John Zimmer, Lyft’s president and co-founder


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