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GM to Uber drivers: Would you like a Bolt? Here's a deal for you

By Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Automotive News

The Bolt is assembled at GM's Orion Assembly in Lake Orion. It is the only electric vehicle GM currently sells in the United States.

GM said its data suggests ride-share drivers will have "significantly lower maintenance costs" when using a Bolt compared with traditional gas-powered vehicles.

GM owned 18.6 million Class A shares of Lyft Inc., making it one of the largest investors in the ride-hailing company. But GM sold all of its Lyft stock by the end of last year.

This announcement is the latest in the automaker's move to all-electric. Last month, Cadillac revealed the Lyriq SUV, the luxury brand's first fully electric vehicle. Cadillac has not said where the Lyriq will be built, but it goes on sale in the United States in late 2022. It will launch first in China.

In July, GM announced a partnership with EVgo, the largest public fast-charging network for electric vehicles, to triple the size of the U.S.' public fast-charging network.

The companies will add more than 2,700 new fast chargers at various public venues over the next five years, GM said. The units will charge a fee.


In March, GM said it would add 3,500 charging stations at its facilities in the United States and Canada.

In the midst of all that, GM is investing $2.2 billion in its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to make it GM's first plant that is 100% devoted to electric vehicles. In the fall of 2021, GM will start building the new GMC Hummer electric pickup at Detroit-Hamtramck.

Last year, GM announced the creation of Ultium Cells LLC, a joint venture with LG Chem to mass-produce battery cells in Ohio for future battery-electric vehicles. Additionally, GM announced it is working with Qmerit to create a more accessible at-home charging solution.

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