• Dec 2nd 2010 at 7:54PM
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How much is that Chevrolet Volt in the window? If you're talking about the first available production model that's up for auction to help the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, it'll cost you close to $200k, at a minimum. Even though the auction started at $50,000, the current high bid is $180,000, placed by someone called Barritzboy, and there are still 12 days left to bid. Given that the proceeds from the auction will all go to support math and science education in Detroit, there's really no upper limit here, so bid it up, folks. Get the details on the auction here. One semi-interesting tidbit, the auction says, "With a fully charged battery, Volt can drive for an initial electric range of 35 miles." None of that 25-to-50 mile stuff.

If you can't afford to buy a Volt for Tesla Roadster+ money, you can still try and predict how much this first car will go for. Have at it in the poll below:

How high will the first Chevy Volt auction go?
Not above $250,000 274 (26.6%)
$250,001 - $300,000 227 (22.0%)
$300,001 - $350,000 127 (12.3%)
$350,001 - $400,000 98 (9.5%)
$400,001 - $450,000 46 (4.5%)
$450,001 - $500,000 32 (3.1%)
Over half a million, yo 227 (22.0%)

[Source: Charity Buzz]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      I used to do what they call 'cause media' and i know that it's all about the last couple days where the pressure is really on. That is an impressive figure for only being up for a few days. It will at least go up by 2x.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Flippin' awesome and good clean fun to boot! I think they should do the same with five or ten early VINs, for several charities.

      Hey GM, you COULD still do something like that... (already allocated VINs notwithstanding... example: it appears that Lyle Dennis is gettin' #000008).

      You just can't buy good PR like this... at any price!
        • 8 Months Ago
        I think that GM should have auctioned off the first 100, sort of like Tesla did with their 'Founders' Series' (or whatever it was called) of the Roadster. They could have given several to various charities, and raised some extra cash for themselves.

      • 8 Months Ago
      what a waste of money...
        • 8 Months Ago
        Actually, it's smart and well-timed.

        Smart, because STEM education support is sorely needed if the US is to continue designing and engineering future vehicles with American talent.

        Well-timed, because it closes just before the end of the year, and will permit a considerable charitable tax deduction by the winner.

        If you had big money, and were planning to give a few hundred grand to education charity this year, and wanted to get visible credit for doing so, this is the way to do it. I think we'll see this number go up even higher.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Seriously. He's not doing it for the Volt. Have a heart.
        • 8 Months Ago
        It is a charity auction, Debbie downer.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Someone bumped it up to $185K. C'mon, lets see the 200's!

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