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.