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Chevy auctions off Volt for Detroit school programs

The first Chevrolet Volt available is up for auction, with the proceeds benefiting math and sciences education in the Detroit Public Schools.


You have a chance to bid on the first production Volt available to the masses. General Motors has put the first Volt off the assembly line up for auction. The electric vehicle, with extended range, will have a MSRP of $41,000.

The car up for auction has a Viridian Joule exterior, light neutral interior with dark accents and loads of extras, including the premium trim package, rear camera and park assist package, and polished wheels. The auction also includes a 240-volt charging station and home installation (a $1,500 value).

How to bid for the car is as easy as using eBay. Simply register on the auction Web site, and place a bid--or keep bidding. The auction closes at 3 p.m. PT on December 14.

The proceeds of the auction will benefit math and sciences education in the Detroit Public Schools, GM said in a statement.

"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."

Bidding opened at $50,000. The winning bid will be announced by Chevrolet on December 16. The winner's Volt will be delivered in December.