16 April 2012
(Odometer: 23,166 miles)
TEMPE, Ariz.–When we tore down a black Chevy Volt in January, we weren't just going to throw it away once we finished with it.
As any engineer knows, "parts is parts," and you can do amazing things with those parts and a little imagination. We thought about where to donate the vehicle, and universities immediately came to mind. Then we found out that the engineering students at Arizona State University here had lost some funding for some really cool projects they'd done over the years.
We decided ASU would be a worthy recipient. We told three members of the ASU Society of Automotive Engineers team about it as we interviewed them in their lab on campus, just to surprise them.
Here are (left to right in the video) Brian Jackson, Wade Gyllenhaal and Harald Schweitzer getting the good news. And below that is the April 14 public announcement in which Avnet VP for supplier management Alex Iuorio and Avnet CEO Rick Hamada talk about about the Drive for Innovation and the donation: