Chevy Volt: Get the Very First Production Model & Help Kids

Once upon a time—and not all that long ago—things like electric vehicles were dismissively described, with a sniff, by some automotive pundits as “science projects.” Their point was that the things were just jury-rigged concoctions by a bunch of geeks who were insufficiently gear-head-oriented.

Once upon a time—and not all that long ago—things like electric vehicles were dismissively described, with a sniff, by some automotive pundits as “science projects.”

Their point was that the things were just jury-rigged concoctions by a bunch of geeks who were insufficiently gear-head-oriented.

Times change. And how.

General Motors, especially through Chevrolet, is doing a lot to change its posture toward the market in a highly positive way. For example, in mid-November, Chevy announced a $40-million investment in various clean energy projects over the next three to five years with the goal of reducing 8-million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. GM figures that that quantity is equal to the emissions that will be produced in 2011 by the 1.9-million Chevys that the corporation plans to sell in ’11.

And more to the point of the science project, it is holding an auction for the first Chevrolet Volt available for retail sale, with the benefits going to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, which focuses, in part, according to Chacona W. Johnson, president and CEO of the foundation, on science and math enrichment (as well as other laudable educational endeavors).

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As GM North America president Mark Reuss—a man who once headed up GM’s performance car activities, so he’s no slouch when it comes to horsepower, and who is a very smart engineer, so he’s also no slouch when it comes to kilowatt hours—put it, “Every aspect of the Volt—from its aerodynamic shape to its battery chemistry—is a testament to the importance of math and sciences. By encouraging Detroit-area students to pursue these topics, we hope to cultivate the next generation of engineers who will build upon the Volt’s innovative technologies.”

Bidding is underway now at www.bidonthevolt.com . In addition to the first Volt with a vehicle ID number ending in BU100002, a 240-volt charging station and installation are included. The opening bid is $50,000. The auction is open until 6 p.m. Eastern December 14, so bid now, bid often, and bid high.  The winner will be announced December 16 and the car will be delivered before the month is out.

Not only will you get what will undoubtedly become a legendary vehicle, but you’ll be doing something for the kids who can really use your help.