The GM Express Drive program, which the company has developed in conjunction with the ridesharing service Lyft, plans to expand to several new markets in Colorado and California.
Express Drive is a short-term vehicle access program that was launched earlier this year, the purpose of which is to allow Lyft drivers to access newer and better quality vehicles they can use as they participate in the ridesharing service. GM provides vehicles that drivers rent per week, and the cost of renting goes down the more rides the driver gets. Maintenance and insurance are included in the cost of renting.
Currently the service is available in Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Lyft plans to extend the service to the San Francisco Bay Area this summer and to Los Angeles and Denver by the fall. More than 100,000 people have applied to be Lyft drivers in these areas, but they couldn’t qualify because their cars weren’t in good enough shape. This is all about to change thanks to Express Drive.
Express Drive gives drivers access to a wide range of GM vehicles, including the 2017 Chevy Bolt, Chevy’s new electric car that boasts highest range in the non-luxury market, which is due to be released late this year.