In order to increase their exposure (and good Karma) automakers often donate special cars to charity. Sometimes they are special editions, other times it is the first-ever of its kind, as is the case with the Chevy Volt.
Production of the Chevy Volt began today, and GM just launched a website, BidontheVolt.com, to sell the second production car. Why the second car? Well GM has this little collection of cars called the GM Heritage Collection, and basically they kept the first of every car there. So in actuality you would be bidding on the second-ever production Volt, the first one for sale to the public.
The current bid is up to a whooping $180,000, and there are still almost two weeks left in the bidding. So what charity will get the money? Well GM will put the money right back into its hometown of Detroit, donating the proceeds of the sale to the Detroit Public School Foundation. The money will specifically be used to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education initiatives in the Detroit school system.
I guess GM is feeling pretty charitable these days, and with good reason. Say what you will about the auto bailouts, but at least GM is giving back. I haven’t seen too much generosity on the part of the banks, unless you happen to be a favored executive.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.