Lyft and General Motors said their Express Drive short-term vehicle access program was coming to California and Colorado, including the electric Chevrolet Bolt.
After General Motors invested 500 million dollars in the ride-sharing startup Lyft to develop an on-demand network of autonomous vehicles, the partners announced back in March their first joint project, a short-term rental service called “Express Drive”, through which Lyft drivers can rent a GM car with insurance and maintenance included. Following the launches in Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C. and Baltimore, they are now getting ready to enter San Francisco, as well as Los Angeles and Denver by fall. Users are promised to have access to electric models, including the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV and the extended-range electric 2016 Chevrolet Volt. GM pointed out that the Lyft-exclusive Express Drive program has proven to be quite successful, as 30 percent of the new Lyft-driver applicants in Chicago have requested an Express Drive vehicle, while all drivers earned 2 million dollars by now.
However, GM and Lyft plan to soon push their alliance further. According to a report from May by The Wall Street Journal, Lyft’s customers will have within a year the choice of summoning through the app a self-driving electric Chevrolet Bolt to take them to their destination, with help from the newly acquired autonomous-driving tech focused Cruise Automation – for which the automaker is said to have paid 1 billion dollars.