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First Chevy Volt For Sale to Benefit Charity; GM Adds 1,000 Employees For Next Gen EVs

By · November 30, 2010

Chevrolet Volt

After dominating the Car of The Year awards circuit (at least in the U.S.), Chevrolet and its well-engineered Volt are on the warpath. As Volts start reaching customers, GM has announced that the first vehicle available for sale will be auctioned off for charity and, beginning today, GM will add 1,000 employees to "significantly expand" the company's vehicle electrification expertise including development of future hybrids and Volt-like vehicles.

The Volt charity auction will benefit science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives in Detroit Public Schools allowing students to prepare for and attend such specialized events as robotics competitions. You can register to take part in the charity auction at www.bidonthevolt.com. The auction closes at 6 p.m. EST on December 14th.

Given that GM seems to be bent on hiring up engineers, it should come as no surprise that they are conducting such a high profile auction to help get kids interested in engineering, science and technology; there's the very real concern they might run out of qualified candidates in the future given that the number of Americans receiving engineering degrees is down 20 percent since 1985.

With 1,000 new hires, GM is aiming to expand in-house development of its hybrid, battery, powertrain and range-extending technology. Although GM's future product line-up remains to be seen, hiring so many people to support this type of mission at the very least should quiet those saying the Volt is simply a way for GM to sell an image and doesn't represent any true intentions. "GM is going to lead the industry in the adoption of various vehicle electrification technologies, whether its electric vehicles with extended-range capability, like the Chevrolet Volt, or the recently introduced eAssist technology that will debut on the 2012 Buick LaCrosse," said GM CEO Dan Akerson, in a statement. "We want to give our customers energy choices other than petroleum and to make the automobile part of the solution when it comes to the environment."

In honor of the production of the first Volts to reach customers' hands and the charity auction, GM has produced a short video detailing how the Volt is made.

One thousand new hires for vehicle electrification is certainly nothing to gloss over. What do PluginCars.com readers think? Is this the new GM?

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