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Future Bolt EV owners may have to wait a while before their cars are delivered because Lyft drivers will be among the first to get a bolt.

According to Emily Castor, Lyft's director of transportation, "drivers on the Lyft platform will be receiving Bolts to drive first," meaning Chevy will be delivering the first Bolt EVs to the ride sharing company that GM has invested $500 million into earlier this year.

Together, they have come up with a rental service called Express Drive and Lyft drivers will be getting special short-term rental rates. Applicable vehicles includes the Bolt EV, GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Equinox, and Chevrolet Malibu. This does mean that there will be less Bolt EVs for the average buyer, but it can also be a great advertising opportunity for Chevy because Lyft’s driver network is 315,000 strong.

A few of you may be concerned about getting your hands on a Bolt EV if Lyft is getting first dibs, well don’t worry too much about it. A person familiar with the Lyft process told autoblog that Lyft drivers, along with Bolt buyers, will be among the first to get the Bolt EV when it’s finally available. We don’t know how many Bolt buyers will be getting the new EV this year but they won’t be completely cut off from the supply.

With the first units being shared between both consumers and Lyft, the bolt EV probably won’t be delivered to owners en-mass until at least next year.
 

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Sucks for the average consumer but launching with Lyft is a sound marketing plan since now a lot of people can experience these everyday rather than just being someones personal vehicle to get around in. Now they just need to do something like this and they're set...

 

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That video kills me, must've seen it at least 10 times already lol. But I thought the people would be getting it before fleets would.
 

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Nah, nobody is getting the bolt before anyone else. Both normal buyers like us and Lyft will be getting the Bolt at around the same time. Maybe they set aside a few just for Lyft not the first batch won't be exclusively for them.
 

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Nah, nobody is getting the bolt before anyone else. Both normal buyers like us and Lyft will be getting the Bolt at around the same time. Maybe they set aside a few just for Lyft not the first batch won't be exclusively for them.
In accordance with GM tradition, the very first production vehicle goes to the GM Museum. Then the next few will be auctioned to the highest bidder. most of those bid winners are museum owners. So no one will get Bolt EV number 00001.;)
 

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Those special vin numbers aren't all that important when it comes to mass produced cars like the Bolt, they're usually auctioned off when attached to luxury sports cars like Lamborghini or McLaren.
 

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I just hope a majority will go to buyers like us instead of Lyft. I can understand that the automaker has a deal with them but Chevy will make more money off of normal sales. Makes sense to sell more to us.
 
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