Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) November 19, 2015
Vision Fleet, the Los Angeles-based company that manages the largest deployment of electric vehicles in a public fleet in the United States, has launched Evercar, a service designed specifically for on-demand drivers who work for companies like Uber, Lyft, Instacart and Postmates.
The on-demand economy is expanding, but many potential drivers lack access to a vehicle or do not want to put additional miles on their own vehicle, which creates a market for shared vehicles available at a flat hourly rate.
"For five dollars an hour, we're making it possible for someone who wants to be part of the next generation economy to have access to a zero emission vehicle without dealing with the costs and risks of using a personal vehicle such as extra insurance, cleaning, and repairs," said Evercar general manager Paul Hirsch.
Vision Fleet and Evercar executives unveiled the new service, which has been in its first phase of operation since July, at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 17.
Evercar is backed by the technology and metrics that Vision Fleet developed managing the Freedom Fleet in Indianapolis. The Freedom Fleet includes 425 fuel-efficient plug-in and pure electric vehicles that are replacing gas-powered cars that have historically been costly to maintain and average only 16.6 miles per gallon. Vision Fleet also works with public fleets in Colorado and Atlanta.
Evercar uses the Nissan LEAF, a pure plug-in vehicle that can be quickly recharged and driven hundreds of miles per day for a flat hourly rate. Drivers pay $5 per hour, which includes vehicle access, electricity, insurance, cleaning, parking, maintenance, and unlimited miles.
"We know electric vehicles are more efficient and environmentally friendly, and we've seen how they can save taxpayers in places like Indianapolis, Colorado and Atlanta, but we haven't fully unleashed how they can be used to democratize access to our on-demand economy," said Vision Fleet CEO Michael Brylawski. "Evercar provides vehicles at a low hourly rate to ride-sharing drivers who want to become urban entrepreneurs."
Hirsch said the company plans to expand the program to other Los Angeles locations through early 2016 and take the model nationwide before the end of next year.
"Our success with this pilot and the enthusiasm of our drivers tells us that we've found a way to match up environmentally friendly technology with a willing workforce in an economy that's shifting toward more and more on-demand services," Hirsch said. "We've introduced electric vehicles to a brand-new group of drivers, and they love the experience."
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