GM, Lyft Express Drive Lets You Rent Your Meal Ticket
Program Allows Non-Owners to Be On-Demand Lyft Drivers
For those of us that live in the suburbs or the country, the thought of living without a car is nearly unthinkable. However, for those in densely populated urban areas, sometimes private vehicle ownership is more of a burden than a benefit. Often, you have to pay extra for an on-street parking permit, not to mention insurance, fuel, and maintenance. To help enable non-owners to take advantage of the sharing economy and make money when they need a little extra, General Motors is teaming up with Lyft to create the Express Drive program. The program will launch in the Chicago area this month, with planned rollouts in Boston, Washington D.C., Baltimore, and other cities.
Services such as Lyft and Uber usually have requirements that only lower-mileage late-model vehicles meet. GM notes that it received 60,000 applications in the Chicago area from applicants whose vehicles did not meet company guidelines. By applying for Express Drive, qualifying drivers essentially enter into a short-term rental agreement with Lyft to use the vehicle for their driving service. The rental fee starts at $99 per week, including insurance and maintenance. If drivers complete more than 65 rides a week, the rental fee will be waived. The service will launch in Chicago featuring Chevrolet Equinox crossovers.
Source: General Motors