2016 Chevrolet Volt, 2017 Bolt Added to Expanded GM, Lyft Fleet | Edmunds

2016 Chevrolet Volt, 2017 Bolt Added to Expanded GM, Lyft Fleet

DETROIT — GM and Lyft have announced that the 2016 Chevrolet Volt and the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt will be among the vehicles available in the Express Drive fleet that is now expanding to California and Colorado.

The 2016 Volt is on sale now at Chevrolet dealerships, and the 2017 Bolt is expected to begin arriving later this year.

In March, GM launched the Express Drive short-term rental program in partnership with ride-sharing company Lyft.

As reported by Edmunds, the program first began in Chicago. It has since expanded to Baltimore, Boston and Washington, D.C., and will begin operating in San Francisco this summer and then in Los Angeles and Denver starting in the fall.

"We are very pleased with the success of Express Drive and how quickly the team implemented the program since our alliance was announced earlier this year," said GM President Dan Ammann in a statement. "The Chevrolet Bolt EV and Volt are a perfect fit for ridesharing offering very low operating costs and a wide range of connectivity features for both drivers and passengers."

Unlike similar programs, the Express Drive plan allows drivers to pay less the more they use the car.

For example, in Chicago the service starts at $99 per week for vehicles like a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, including insurance and maintenance, but when drivers complete 65 rides in a week they pay no rental cost at all.

GM notes that in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Denver, more than 130,000 people who had applied to become Lyft drivers but didn?t have qualifying cars, will now have the opportunity to drive on the platform with the new Chevrolet vehicles.

Competitors to the Volt plug-in hybrid include the Ford C-Max Energi and Toyota Prius Prime, while the all-electric Bolt competes against such models as the BMW i3 and the Nissan Leaf.

Edmunds says: GM's Express Drive program helps to position the automaker on the cutting edge of personal-mobility advancements.

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