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First Chevrolet Volt gets built – Click above to watch the time-lapse video

Want to be like Lance Armstrong and get the first available production model of one of the most eagerly-awaited vehicles of the decade? You can, if you're willing to bid some money to help the Detroit Public Schools – more specifically the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, which supports math and science education.

The "first Chevrolet Volt available for retail sale" will be auctioned on Bidonthevolt.com through 6 p.m. (EST?) December 14, with the winner announced on December 16. The actual first retail Volt will be kept by General Motors, so the Viridian Joule auction car will have a vehicle identification number ending in BU100002. The car includes the Light Neutral interior with dark accents, has the Premium Trim Package, Rear Camera and Park Assist Package and polished wheels. The auction starts at $50,000 and comes with a 240-volt charging station installed in the winner's home. No word on whether of not winning the auction still qualifies you for the $7,500 federal tax credit.

As you might expect, GM is highlighting the connection between all of the advanced technology in the Volt and the math and science needed to create it. General Motors North America president Mark Reuss said in a statement that, "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." To this end, GM will also hire 1,000 engineers and researchers in Michigan within the next two years. You can read about these jobs on AutoblogGreen, but before you go anywhere, check out an official time-lapse build video of the first Chevy Volt after the jump.

[Source: Chevrolet]


First Chevrolet Volt for Sale to be Auctioned Online, Benefitting Math and Sciences Education in Detroit Public Schools


* Bidding begins today at www.bidonthevolt.com; winner to be announced Dec. 16

DETROIT – The first Chevrolet Volt available for retail sale will be offered at public auction with the proceeds benefiting math and sciences education in the Detroit Public Schools.

"Every aspect of the Volt – from its aerodynamic shape to its battery chemistry – is a testament to the importance of math and sciences," said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. "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."

Reuss announced the auction during an event at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, where the Volt is assembled. At the event, Reuss announced the first Volt built during regular production will be retained by Chevrolet in recognition of the team's efforts to bring the revolutionary car from concept to reality. The first Volt bearing the vehicle identification number ending in BU100002 – will be auctioned with all proceeds benefitting the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.

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. The auction also includes a 240-volt charging station and home installation. The opening bid is $50,000.

Bids for the first retail Volt will be accepted at www.bidonthevolt.com until 6 p.m. on Dec. 14. The winning bid will be announced by Chevrolet on Dec. 16. The winner's Volt will be delivered in December.

Funds raised through the auction will be donated to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation to support initiatives such as robotics competitions – including students' entry fees, travel costs, and competition-related equipment.

"One of our primary focus areas is science and math enrichment," said Chacona W. Johnson, President & CEO of the foundation. "Knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math is critical for the success of our students in higher education, and in their future careers in the 21st century workforce."

The tax-exempt Detroit Public Schools Foundation is dedicated to supporting Detroit students. In addition to science and math enrichment, the foundation supports fine and performing arts programs; early childhood investment; building academic and athletic leadership; and college preparatory investment.

"An estimated 80 percent of jobs in the next decade are going to require skills based in math and science. With the support of GM, Detroit students will be better equipped to make a difference in Detroit, in Michigan, and in the United States," said Robert Bobb, Detroit Public Schools emergency financial manager. "We appreciate General Motors' support in developing the next generation of engineers."

The Chevrolet Volt is an electric vehicle that can operate under a range of weather climates and driving conditions with little concern of being stranded by a depleted battery. The Volt has a total driving range of up to 375 miles, based on EPA estimates. For the first 35 miles, the Volt can drive gas- and tailpipe-emissions-free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt's battery runs low, a gas powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 340 miles on a full tank.

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About Chevrolet

Chevrolet is a global automotive brand, with annual sales of about 3.5 million vehicles in more than 130 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. In the U.S., the Chevrolet portfolio includes: iconic performance cars, such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long lasting pickups and SUVs, such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers, such as Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers "gas-friendly" solutions, such as the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco model that is expected to deliver up to an estimated 40 mpg highway, and 2011 Chevrolet Volt that will offer 35 miles of electric driving and an additional 340 miles of extended range with the onboard generator (based on GM testing). Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security, and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response, and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models, fuel solutions, and OnStar availability can be found at www.chevrolet.com

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember when TTAC used to have a Volt Death Watch.

      • 4 Years Ago
      If AB's commenting system didn't suck so damn bad, I would be tempted to search back to all the people, some as recently as just last week, that were calling this car vaporware and send them a link the to the video above showing it actually being built.

      But knowing how close-minded and backwards thinking most of those people are, they would claim that it was CGI or some kind of other special effects.

        • 4 Years Ago
        lazer still doesn't believe the car is real.

        I think he's certifiable, and no amount of evidence will sway him.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Did you bother to complain when the Toyota Pious was getting a tax credit?"


      • 4 Years Ago
      So GM is donating the first car to be sold to the Detroit School System...yet people bash GM for this that and the other. I have a question for all of those out there that say that imports are good for our economy because they have plants that build cars here... when was the last time you saw Honda, Toyota or Hyundai donating money back into the community that they reside in? This should be a lesson to all of us to butter our bread where we make it..just a thought.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hyundai Hope on Wheels?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Considering GM already took billions away from the tax payers... I say this is a drip in the Ocean. They've got YEARS before they'll earn any of my respect. Auctioning off a vehicle for publicity doesn't negate their past 20 years of ignorance and greed.

        Keep walking the walk... maybe they'll reach Hyundai status by 2020.

        • 4 Years Ago
        "when was the last time you saw Honda, Toyota or Hyundai donating money back into the community that they reside in"

        Oh my god... here you go. GM isn't doing this because they're "American" and thus inherently care more about the US than Toyota USA. GM is a multinational corporation as is Toyota and everything they do is to gain a positive image with the public. And to answer your question... here's a list from Toyota and I'm sure Honda/Hyundai have similar lists not because they're nice but because they want to build a good image just like GM.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Hope someone with deep pockets really bids this up. Detroit could really use the improvement, especially in its schools. And targeting Detroit for new employees helps quite a bit, too. Will never offset the job losses, but gives some hope to a dying city.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Go Volt! It's almost here! Congratulations on GM and the Volt team on making one hell of a car! I'm sure it's going to be a wild success!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey there Bloke. I'm actually a senior in college, thank you very much. I plan on purchasing a Volt once I graduate and get a steady income going probably as a 2012 or 2013 model year. I'm not just some "teenage applauding this car" as you say. It's ok though. No matter what you say or how much you hate it, the car will be successful and there's nothing you can do about it. If you don't like it so much, then don't bother commenting on it's posts. We'll all be happier. :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        Methinks Bloke needs to discover the opposite sex.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Hey there Bloke. I'm actually a senior in college, thank you very much. I plan on purchasing a Volt once I graduate and get a steady income going probably as a 2012 or 2013 model year. I'm not just some "teenage applauding this car" as you say. It's ok though. No matter what you say or how much you hate it, the car will be successful and there's nothing you can do about it. If you don't like it so much, then don't bother commenting on it's posts. We'll all be happier. :D"

        Obviously, the entire motor industry will be hanging on a thread at the posts of spotty college kid who has yet to embark on the real world ... even though he doesn't know when to use a possessive pronoun.

        There's nothing wrong with the Volt. It's a triumph of technology. However, what you need to learn is that cars are more than shiny sheetmetal on four wheels; they're business product. First and foremost, they're built solely to make money. As a result, there has to be a realistic and clearly defined market. Given that the United States remains in an extremely fragile economy with public sector and private sector debt at record levels, the market for the Volt at $40K plus is extremely small - ultimately, it's a Chevrolet C-segment hatchback. It's likely to be bought by people who just want to be different or by governmental offices. With credit controls remaining tight, few people on modest incomes - not least college graduates - will even qualify for financing. And as for the tax credit, that may well be a sprat to catch a proverbial mackeral - with public sector debt spiralling in the US, tax credits are an efficient and swift means to curb governmental spending. Indeed, the US government has already announced public sector pay freezes and that's just the start. So don't rely on the current offered income tax credit to remain in the present form until 2013.

        You're yet to finish school; I've been in the big wide world for over twenty years, having worked extensively in Europe and the US including a significant amount of time in cross-border taxation advising the motor industry.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm with you Kev. The car and it's sales will speak for themselves. The haters can hate all they want. That doesn't change the fact that the car is a huge advancement and will do very well.
        • 4 Years Ago

        "almost here"?

        The cars have been rolling off the production line since early this month, and were just waiting for EPA stickers so they could be sold.

        The stickers came out a few days ago, so the car can finally be sold.

        Looks to me like the Volt has arrived.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So being twenty four makes me a youngster...

        Bloke + youngster comment = are you an old, bitter, supremecist/racist man from the UK?

        That would explain the dumb name, stupid comments and general hatred you seem to harbor for any and all things related to America.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Definitely getting that vibe too, matt. Relax Bloke. Just because your older doesn't make you better than everyone else. Still, don't you have better things to do with your extraordinarily important and experienced life than to troll Autoblog comments?
        • 4 Years Ago

        Ah Bloke, I knew when I saw your name that whatever you'd post would accompany a huge down-vote due to your stupidity.

        You haven't failed me yet! =D

        FYI, I'm 24 and I think the Volt is a pretty cool idea. And my car is worth a tad more than two grand. Thanks, though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I just saw this car over the weekend. It's WAY better looking in person. The rear interior cabin is especially nice with, dare I say sexy, seats. I have a feeling that this car is going to be more popular than the conventional wisdom thinks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Go Volt! It's almost here! Congratulations on GM and the Volt team on making one hell of a car! I'm sure it's going to be a wild success!"

        At $40K plus, most will end up in the hands of local government employees. And the teenagers applauding the car on these boards couldn't even afford a $2K banger from the local used car lot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        just another typical GM blunder that will help push GM to ask for another handout from the taxpayers. GM still sucks but is making those of you that are foolish enough to believe the ice started melting when Henry Ford fired up his first modle A happy. Why did the ice during the last ice age start to melt?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Methinks Bloke needs to discover the opposite sex."

        Brilliant. The US taxpayer really is on a sticky wicket having to support the likes of you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "That would explain the dumb name, stupid comments and general hatred you seem to harbor for any and all things related to America." - Matt

        I'm quite certain that our difference in age and culture deems you to think my commentary is "stupid". But what's interesting is that when it comes to a car like the Volt, I can talk to business professionals who share my own points of view and yet be slandered by the youngsters on here who seem to ignore the real-world issues which this product is up against - not least the present delicate state of the US economy.

        "Just because your older doesn't make you better than everyone else." - Kevin

        No it doesn't. But it does mean that I'm able to take a mature viewpoint when it comes to cars in general, instead of blindly (and stupidly) praising everything American and denouncing everything Japanese. Ironic isn't it that everyone who has even remotely said something negative in relation to the Volt has been voted down on the kiddie bar?
      • 4 Years Ago
      ahahahaha that's funny...which school board member will be driving the escalade this money will buy?
      • 4 Years Ago
      A $7500 "tax credit"... sounds alot like a rebate to me (might as well be)

      If this car is so great, why give any incentives at all? Why not let the free market decide it it's all that and a bag of chips on its own merits instead of the government trying to heap incentives on it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Time to give Prius a run for its money!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do the math - there is simply no economic reason that can be made to make a VaporVolt a superior choice for any consumer over an $18k vehicle that gets 40 mpgs. VaporVolts have to use premium gas, the alternative does not. You have to pay $2k for the charging station to make your VaporVolt work for daily commutes. The gasoline car does not require that. And the alternative gasoline car is more economical to run on long distance drives.

      The only reason to buy a VaporVolt is to prove you are a stupid, tree-hugging nitwit with too much cash to burn. By the time five years is up on the loans for both cars and they are paid off, you are still ahead in operating and acquisition costs with the $18k gasoline car - and that factors in $5 per gallon gasoline and also assumes that you only use the VaporVolt in its best case scenario - commuting.

      And yes, this also assumes you compel your neighbors to pay the interest to cover your $7,500 tax credit as well as the deficit spending that will have to happen to pay for the tax credit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "If it's not the car for you, then don't get it. No need to get worked up in a lather every time an article appears."

        I'll have to remember that quote whenever a Toyota or Lexus article appears and the jingoistic kiddies on here start wetting themselves with their puerile xenophobia. But in this case, anyone who pays US federal tax is perfectly entitled to be critical about the Volt - whether positively or negatively.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not my thing either, but GM needs something to create a buzz in the hybrid and small car market, especially after shifting almost all of their focus to large trucks and SUVs in the 2000s.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What a twisted dude, are you getting a hi from embarrassing yourself online?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Volt may be a glimpse of things to come, but for now, it is somewhat of a symbol, or statement, like the Prius. People often buy cars they want, not necessarily need, or make the most economic sense. Be thankful for that, or we would not have all of these muscle cars, sports cars, and super cars driving around.

        With that said, I agree.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Saw one on I-69 SB in Indiana on Thanksgiving. Out for a little holiday testing?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Production actually started early this month, and was just waiting on the EPA sticker.

        This car has already been built, and has been sitting for probably 3 weeks now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Might have been Car and Driver out testing a pre-production model and deciding it was a 10 Best before a single production model had even been built. I've seen them twice on the Ohio Turnpike one in October running a Michigan manufacture plate, then again last week. This one had regular Michigan plates on it. Not sure how that was possible since a production model had not been built before today.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope this does well and opens the door for more/better green vehicles, but I do not understand how something that has not been driven by the public can be a "Car of the Year" . I would think at the end of the year the current vehicles that have been on the road that year would have that designation, I just do not get it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Following your description, that's exactly what happened.

        By the end of this year, the Volt will be on the road and that's why it's eligible for his year's car of the year awards. I honestly don't know C&D's rules, but I know that to be eligible for the MT COTY award, the vehicle must be available for purchase by Dec. 31st of that year. The Volt falls into that category this year.

        Considering that they give the award in Nov. each year, that obviously leads to the possibility that some eligible vehicles will not be available until after the award is given. It's not common, but can happen per their rules.

        Secondly, these magazines are the ones making the decision and they have had numerous chances to drive these vehicles even if the general public hasn't and quite honestly, the general public's perceptions or opinions don't factor into the decision. It's based on the magazine testers' opinions of the cars and their test results.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Given the award out to vehicles that had not been driven by the public is probably why they really do not mean anything. Look in the achives and you will find Chevy Vega & Citiation along with Ford Escort being :Cars of the Year" and look what pieces of junk they were.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You have to take it in context. In terms of the MT COTY(which you are referencing), they only allow all-new or heavily redesigned models to compete for each year's award. It's not a competition from all of the hundreds of models on the market at that time.

        In the case of the past winners you mentioned, what other cars were they up against and would you have selected one of those over the eventual winner? I suspect you don't even know what the competition was.

        Additionally, I don't see the Escort as ever having won the COTY award. The Ford Probe, Chrysler Cirrus, Ford Thunderbird(2002), Ford Mustang II, and other not terribly successful(or good) models have as well. Again though, without the context of the other competitors in those years, it's nigh impossible to say they made the wrong choice.

        Remember, in that era, cars in general weren't that great. It was like picking the least bad apple from the bunch. Things are dramatically different today. Also, there was a time when MT split up the COTY into two awards, one for domestic models and a seperate Import COTY award as well.
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