GM Auctioning First Volt For Charity

How much would you pay to own the first Chevy Volt to roll off GM’s regular production line? That’s not a theoretical question. GM is holding an auction for the car, with the proceeds benefiting math and sciences education in the Detroit Public Schools.

The auction is underway and will run until 6 p.m. on December 14. As of midday December 2, bidding for the ballyhooed extended–range electric vehicle (EV), which has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $41,000, was at $180,000 after opening at $50,000. If that sounds like a bargain to you, well rush on over bidonthevolt.com and ratchet the bid up by the minimum $5K increment.

Volt Auction

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GM said the Volt offered in the auction has “a Viridian Joule exterior, Light Neutral interior with dark accents, Premium Trim Package, Rear Camera and Park Assist Package, and polished wheels.” And here’s a little bonus: It comes with a 240-volt charging station, installed. The Volt will bear a vehicle identification number ending in BU100002.

As for the money raised, the beneficiary, the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, said it will be used “to support initiatives such as robotics competitions – including students’ entry fees, travel costs, and competition-related equipment.”

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.