Update: Chevrolet has stated and clarified the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will not be available through the Express Program first, as previously reported. The Bolt EV will launch for retail customers and Lyft by the end of 2016.
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will reach select U.S. dealerships by the end of this year, but Lyft drivers will be receiving first dibs on the vehicle, according to USA Today.
General Motors will deliver the very first production Bolt EVs to the ride-sharing service, which isn’t shocking considering the automaker invested $500 million into the company at the beginning of 2016.
“Drivers on the Lyft platform will be receiving Bolts to drive first,” said Emily Castor, Lyft’s director of transportation.
Lyft will not purchase the vehicles outright, but instead they will be available through GM and Lyft’s Express Drive program for drivers. The program provides access to GM vehicles for Lyft drivers at low costs if they do not have a vehicle that fits Lyft’s transportation requirements.
Drivers will have access to the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, 2016 GMC Terrain, 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, 2016 Malibu and 2017 Volt. Express Drive is available in Detroit, Boston, Baltimore, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
GM and Lyft plan to expand the program into Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco.