With the rise of rideshare apps like Uber, traveling without your car is easier than ever. For Uber drivers, though, gas prices can be a significant expense during their regular workday. To account for this — and to help more rideshare services go green — GM is offering Uber drivers a pretty substantial discount on the Chevy Bolt EV, Torque News reports.
GM’s discount for Uber drivers
GM recently announced that it would make its EV employee discount available to Uber drivers across the United States, making it easier for drivers to reduce their carbon footprint while transporting riders. According to Torque News, the Chevy Bolt EV’s 258-mile range should easily cover the distances Uber drivers travel during their daily work.
This is good news for both the environment and the wallet. While Uber drivers get paid for transporting riders, they consistently cite gas as one of their biggest expenses. Making it easier and more affordable for Uber drivers to purchase an EV, GM can help people save money in both the short and long term.
Competition in the ridesharing world
The fact that GM is rolling out discounts to help Uber drivers might come as a bit of a surprise to anyone who has been keeping an eye on the various ridesharing services over the past few years. Not too long ago, there was concern that GM’s rideshare service, Maven, might negatively impact Uber drivers.
Many automakers have introduced their versions of rideshare apps over the past few years. GM’s service differed from Uber in that it did not imitate a taxi — no one drove up to transport you to your destination. Instead, Maven was more similar to a rental service. You chose a GM car, paid a flat hourly fee, and drove yourself wherever you needed to go. Other services also exist, such as Ford’s 2016 initiative, Ford Mobility. This initiative focuses on ridesharing opportunities and autonomous vehicle research.
However, while many of these services have potential, others have died out, and apps such as Uber and Lyft continue to dominate the scene. GM’s EV discount for Uber drivers is an excellent show of partnership and an exciting opportunity for making ridesharing a little more green.
Other great vehicle and accessory options
If you’re thinking of driving for Uber but aren’t sure about opting for GM’s offer, you’ve got plenty of other great vehicles to choose from on the market. One of the most popular cars for Uber drivers is the Toyota Prius. With its wealth of safety features, passengers often feel more comfortable in a Prius. And luckily for the driver, this hybrid’s excellent fuel efficiency significantly reduces gas costs and increases daily earnings.
The Honda Accord Hybrid is another popular choice, with similar fuel efficiency benefits and more cabin space than the Prius. Or, if you need more room and aren’t as worried about fuel efficiency, the Nissan Rogue is comfortable and can easily fit passengers and luggage.
And of course, there is no shortage of accessories to help make any Uber driver’s life easier. A dashboard camera can help you avoid legal troubles if you ever end up in an accident, and a car phone mount makes it easy to stay connected on the Uber app without looking away from the road. A portable phone charger is a great way to ensure that both you and your passengers can keep your phones running throughout the day.
No matter which vehicle you choose, there’s no doubt that GM’s discount can help Uber drivers save big. If you drive for Uber or consider it, it’s an option worth looking into actualizing.