Chevrolet is giving 12 extended-range Volts to MBAs Across America, a program started by four first-year MBA candidates at Harvard Business School in 2013 when they decided to drive more than 8,000 miles cross-country, offering free business counseling to local entrepreneurs along the way.
After that trip, two of the four decided to expand MBAs Across America into a nonprofit organization with a presence at Babson, Columbia, Stanford, Cal Berkeley and the University of Michigan. With new members in more geographic locations and the help of the Chevy Volt, MBAs Across America plans to visit 25 cities and help nearly 50 different small businesses.
“Detroit is the spiritual birthplace of MBAs Across America, so it is fitting that our movement enters its second year thanks to the visionary support of GM — an iconic American institution that we fundamentally believe will help lead the resurgence of Detroit in the years to come,” Casey Gerald, founder and chief executive of MBAs Across America said according to a Chevy press release. “We are inspired by GM’s work in the Motor City, and thank them for their support in powering our teams’ journeys in Chevy Volts.”
Not only will MBAs Across America be making a difference in the lives of small business owners, they will be helping future generations by leaving a smaller carbon footprint thanks to the Volts – which can travel approximately 38 all-electric miles and go more than 300 additional miles between charges. Plus, with the volt being named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, the MBA candidates will be traveling in one of the safest small cars on the road in 2014.