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Chevy Bolt

Discussion in 'Vehicles' started by clayinaustin, Jul 11, 2018 at 12:23 PM.

  1. clayinaustin

    clayinaustin New Member

    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Driving:
    UberX
    I have been an Uber driver for a whole two months, and I have been driving my 2017 Chevy Silverado. While I love my truck, it only gets 16 MPG. So I am considering buying a 2018 Chevy Bolt and using it exclusively as my Uber vehicle. The Chevy Bolt will go 238 miles on a single full charge. And since I only drive for Uber as a side hustle on week nights and weekends, I think I can stay under the 238 range limit.

    Does anyone on the forum drive a Chevy Bolt? Or any other EV (not hybrid) vehicle?

    Thanks!

    Clay
     
  2. cumonohito

    cumonohito Member

    Location:
    South Park
    Driving:
    UberX
    16MPG is bad. You've only been at this for 2 months and now are thinking on buying a new car? This is where I will suggest to you if you foresee yourself doing this on the long run. First, how will you pay for your car, that's about 35k, you uber as a side hustle on week nights, that means that you will be driving in order to pay off your monthly car payment, does not make sense to me. Best to look at a certified/warranted used car, 2014-2017 that will be in the 20k or less, that gives good MPG. What are you going to do with your Silverado? The idea for us drivers on working uber/lyft is to make money on the side, not to work to pay for our car, if that's the case, might as well give up. Just my .02
     
  3. clayinaustin

    clayinaustin New Member

    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Driving:
    UberX
    Yes 16MPG is pretty bad, but that's what you get with a V8 pickup truck. I love my truck, so I plan to keep it. :D

    I am looking to get a second vehicle to use exclusively for Uber. Yes, I could find a late model sedan that gets better gas mileage for around 20K, but I want to consider a new Electric Vehicle (EV) for under 40K and skip the gasoline expense all together. Plus, I live in Austin, and most people here appreciate "Going Green" :cool:

    If I make $700 in a week (part time) in my truck, I will burn around $200 in gas. That $200 a week ($800 a month) will go a long way to make a car payment plus the increased electric bill, so I want to hear from any EV drivers on the forum. ;)
     
  4. Hagong

    Hagong Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San Francisco
    238 miles(estimated) drops down considerably with the A/C on and if it’s freeway miles. DC Fast charging isn’t free. Level 1 charging at home is too slow and not enough to top you off overnight. Getting a Level 2 charger installed at home would cost you around $1k.

    “Going green” isn’t going to earn you more money doing Uber. You drive to earn money and not for people appreciating you going green. It doesn’t make economic sense to spend $40k on a new car that only qualifies for Uber X despite the assumed savings on gas.

    Now if you’re buying a Bolt for personal use. Hell yeah. One-pedal mode all the way!
     
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  5. RideshareGentrification

    RideshareGentrification Active Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Driving:
    UberPREMIUM
    IF you want an efficient car just for uber buy a 2008 Prius and call it a day if you're like me and hate the prius but want similar efficiency go pick up a Lincoln MKZ Hybrid ours gets close to prius mileage around 45 mpg and it's not a prius . 2011-2012 models can be had for $8k and newer 2013+ with the newer body style can be had for $12k if you are patient . Spending $30-35k on a Volt just to do UberX seems kinda crazy to me , if you're buying an Uber Specific car get something cheaper . When you compare say a $12k car getting 45mpg to a $35k car getting the equivalent to 65mpg (converting average energy cost to charge to amount of miles you'd get . They say the average cost to drive an EV is 3-7 cents a mile depending on your energy costs) it's going to take a lot of driving a lot of hassel to cover that price difference plus all the wasted time charging instead of wasting money and range anxiety . I Started in a BMW 335 that got 20mpg on Premium which equals out to probably worse MPD (miles per dollar) than your truck after about 6 weeks I started looking into buying a car for just Uber that was 2.5 years ago and now I always have a Rideshare dedicated car

    With all that said you should do what you want to do and take all this internet advise with a grain of salt .
     
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  6. Aerodrifting

    Aerodrifting Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Driving:
    UberX
    238 mile range is calculated based on ideal condition such as driving at 55MPH, no AC (which you clearly can not live without in Texas), great road and weather condition, Not hauling 4 people in your car, high way driving etc, In reality you will never get anywhere close to that range. If gas cost is your concern, Get a Prius imo. Looks like the guy above me already gave the same answer.
     
  7. dauction

    dauction Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    Bolt would be too small..Love the EV but in reality is simply too small which is why I got rid of Ford Focus and went with Lincoln MKZ hybrid. Clay the Leg room in the Lincoln is pretty amazing ..you wont have any trouble at all with people 6'2 , 6'3 etc and getting 42-3 intown ..40 highway ..2014
     
  8. UberBastid

    UberBastid Well-Known Member

    Location:
    N.Cali
    Prius.
    All the way.
    Someone suggested an '08 -- it was a very good year.
    Avoid the 2010 - the first year of a new generation, engine problems reported (a lot of them).

    You can pick them up all day long with 150k miles for $5k or there-abouts. They'll go to 300k easy, and it's good enough for our pax's.
    I've done a lot of research because my '03 Toyota Avalon (22 mpg avg) is about to be booted out of Ubers platform for being too old. I like my car and will keep her - so I'll get a cheap, throwaway wind-up toy, and when I'm done playing with it, I 'll get another one.
     
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  9. henrygates

    henrygates Well-Known Member

    Location:
    TX
    Driving:
    UberXL
    I get 18MPG. It's pretty bad. I've run all the numbers and I can't even justify buying a used Prius for $10k. I can't imagine ever being able to afford a $35k car on Uber, let alone part time, even if it didn't use any gas or oil. It just doesn't pay enough.

    Plus buying any car for Uber makes no sense. What's the depreciation on a new $35k EV if you have to turn around and sell it a month later because your rideshare career abruptly ends? What if you buy the car and the next day a drunk millennial thinks it would be hilarious to report that you tried to sell his underage sister a bag of crack and you get deactivated forever?
     
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2018 at 5:39 PM
  10. BostonTaxiDriver

    BostonTaxiDriver Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Boston, Mass.
    Driving:
    Lyft
    I rented a Chevy EV Bolt via the Maven Gjg program in Boston for a month in February.

    Not enough trunk space at times.

    Couldn't stand always worrying about running out of miles. Charging was free for this temporary promo period via MavenGig but not worth the headache.

    Plus wasted too much time driving to a quick charging station which took 60-90 minutes for less than 200 miles of charge
     

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