The first Chevrolet Volt left the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant on Monday destined for initial retail launch markets. However, before customers had the chance to buy it, the first unit was put up for auction. Now, before everyone starts ranting about how Chevrolet is just trying to capitalize on the fact that the Volt is one of the first electric vehicles out on the market - we did (insert sheepish grin here) - we have to let everyone know that this particular auction was actually a charity auction. The final bid came in at $225,000 with the winner being announced as soon as the funds are verified. All proceeds will go to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation that supports science, technology, engineering and math initiatives. Now that’s the holiday spirit we all know and love.
The vehicle offered in the charity auction was the first Chevrolet Volt available for sale, bearing the vehicle identification number ending inBU100002. It features a Viridian Joule exterior, Light Neutral interior with dark accents, Premium Trim Package, Rear Camera, Park Assist Package, and polished wheels. The auction also included a 240-volt charging station and home installation which adds up to a pretty penny as well.
The first 350 vehicles will go to customers in California, Texas, Washington D.C., and New York.
"Today is a historic milestone for Chevrolet," said Tony DiSalle, Volt marketing director. "We have redefined automotive transportation with the Volt, and soon the first customers will be able to experience gas-free commuting with the freedom to take an extended trip whenever or wherever they want."