The shared-vehicles-for-on-demand-drivers firm Evercar has expanded into the Bay Area of California, according to a press release from the startup.
What that means is that on-demand drivers in San Francisco and Oakland who want to make use of “environmentally friendly” shared vehicles rather than their own can now do so.
The service, it should be remembered, requires no long-term commitment — making it well suited for those who may want to pick up part-time or full-time work as an on-demand taxi driver, or a delivery driver, but who don’t own a car or don’t want to use their own car.
“The Bay Area presents an interesting dichotomy that Evercar is uniquely poised to address. The proliferation of on-demand companies means flexible job opportunities abound; however, many who would most benefit from these jobs are unable to take advantage of them because they lack financial means to own a vehicle and pay out-of-pocket for expenses, don’t want to deal with the hassle and cost of parking in the city, or simply would prefer not to put miles on their personal vehicle,” commented Evercar CEO Michael Brylawski. “We’re changing the paradigm by combining car sharing with well-maintained electrified vehicles and data. In doing so, we’re able to offer a highly flexible yet affordable solution that puts drivers behind the wheel of safe, environmentally-friendly vehicles, while coaching them to earn as much as possible.”
The press release provides further background: “Evercar’s shared vehicles are pre-approved for major rideshare and on-demand delivery platforms including Uber, Lyft, Postmates, and DoorDash, and feature the latest connectivity and safety technology to aid drivers. Members of its Bay Area driver community receive access to use Evercar vehicles on an hourly basis for the approved on-demand services of their choice. Evercar’s $8 hourly rate covers fuel, maintenance, and insurance costs for unlimited miles. It also includes driver training, 24/7 phone support, a SafeDrive program to help ensure safety for drivers, and data-based coaching to help drivers make optimal decisions on when to drive based on their needs.”
With regard to the expansion into the Bay Area, for the time being, Evercar will be offering its shared 2016 Toyota Prius vehicles at the Turk Street Garage in San Francisco and also near the 12th Street BART station in Downtown Oakland.
The firm is currently planning to add electric vehicles to its fleet, which is supposed to happen later this year. Hence the Nissan LEAF in the Evercar picture above.
Those interested can apply for the service at myevercar.com.
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