GM and Lyft have been in cahoots for some time now, but the recent announcement of the new Express Drive is the only big thing to come out of the partnership so far. A recent report indicates that this inexpensive rental program is a huge success since GM and Lyft launched it in March 2016.
According to Detroit News, since launching the program, some 5,000 Lyft drivers have taken advantage of this deal. While that number may not seem too high, you must keep in mind that it is currently only available in two cities: Detroit and Chicago.
The Express Drive program gives Lyft drivers access to vehicles that meet the ride-sharing company’s stringent regulations, which include that the vehicle has four doors and is at least a 2004 model year. According to previous reports, this program costs as little as $99 per week (plus mileage fees) and gets the driver an Equinox crossover with insurance and maintenance included.
GM is looking to expand to San Francisco and Los Angeles, and it’s earmarked several hundred Bolt EVs for this transition. It is also hoping to create a fixed-fee and eliminate the mileage fees sometime in 2017.
Ironically enough, one of the biggest upcoming transitions for GM and Lyft is to create a fleet of autonomous vehicles that eliminate the need for the drivers the automaker is helping out with this program.
Stay tuned for updates.