General Motors is ready and willing to lease out vehicles to Lyft drivers in need. Now, Colorado and California are on The General’s radar.
GM and Lyft announced the Express Drive program, which provides access to vehicles for those in need for small fees, will be expanding to Colorado and California after successful launches in Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C. and Baltimore.
“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.”
To date, Lyft drivers have earned $2 million while utilizing the Express Drive program, with 30-percent of Chicago Lyft-driver applicants requesting an Express Drive vehicle.
GM estimates 130,000 drivers have been denied due to vehicles not meeting Lyft’s standards in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Denver combined. Now, each will have access to vehicles from the largest electric vehicle fleet in ride sharing, including the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV and the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.
Express Drive will reach Colorado this fall, while California will begin the program this summer.