The firstChevrolet 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."


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  (1211) posted on 05.3.2011

I didn’t know that even first production car can be auctioned,I thought its for vintage car only. I hope that this amount would helped that school.

  (359) posted on 03.18.2011

Wow! that’s sound so sweet! Chevy is actually doing the auctioned for a cause. $225,000 is a big helped for that school.

  (473) posted on 03.16.2011

Well, if the Chevy Volt really is true to what it claims, then GM can do a lot for its promotion. As of now, I have yet to read a major negative review about the car.

  (345) posted on 03.14.2011

The car is in so much trouble I think..(it’s not even funny). According to rumors, the first car was sold to 8 bidders and GM insider owns several Chevrolet dealers. I think they need to buy a car to improve its image! How pathetic move for them.

  (406) posted on 12.22.2010

And while its future value might be unknown, what is certain is that the $225,000 isn’t going to be wasted with the proceeds going to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation in support of Science, Technology, Math and Engineering.

  (216) posted on 12.21.2010

I bet jay leno had fun with the volt.. this is a perfect choice for leno.. I hope he wont regret having a car like this.

  (765) posted on 12.21.2010

it loos great and aggressive but its a E-Tron one. with this kind of price I wont hesitate to buy an Mitsubishi Evolution or Nissan GT-R.

  (702) posted on 12.20.2010

I agree but they also realize that they have no choice, they have to prepare because the collapse could be triggered by things outside of their control. That being .... a default in the precious metals markets.

  (613) posted on 12.19.2010

agree... better choose a GT-R than having a unknow car. prius is great but for the brake is useless...

  (780) posted on 12.19.2010

Just 8 people bid on this car? This car is toast. No wonder GM feels so threatened by the Prius that the CEO attacked it.

  (73) posted on 12.16.2010

This one looks a bit better than the Prius but unfortunately the Prius has the advantage of being a Toyota, while this is just a Chevrolet (I am considering here the technological platform, materials, and reliability)

  (39) posted on 12.16.2010

In some art books the first pair, model, or the model with a certain number (10.000, 100.000, etc.) it has considerably more value than a regular product, even if it is the same.

If you ask me this is a way to make some filthy rich people, trow some money away... to make them feel special. In the end it’s just a feeling smiley

  (461) posted on 12.15.2010

what? how in the world did it has a price like that? he should wait for the final release of the volt with that the price wont climb that high.

Uncia  (868) posted on 12.15.2010

Oh for heaven’s sake, people. Quit calling the Volt an electric car — because it isn’t! It’s a plug-in hybrid; not an electric car.

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