Thanks to the Chevrolet Volt and a local Boy Scout, more than 2,000 bats will have a home in Jackson, Mich.
Matthew Netherland used scrapped Volt battery covers as part of an Eagle Scout project and created 30 new homes for bats. The covers were donated to Netherland from General Motors; 22 of the completed bat boxes will be installed on the property of Consumers Energy, a public utility company headquartered in Jackson.
“This project connects a lot of environmental dots,” Consumers Energy’s natural resource manager for hydro generation, Rich Castle, told Reuters. “The battery covers from the electric-powered vehicles are being kept out of landfills, and by being utilized as bat homes they allow biodiversity to thrive along the river habitats that produce renewable energy.”
The boxes have five chambers and can house at least 100 bats each. This isn’t the first wildlife home built from car parts, though – General Motors worked with a team of students in South Carolina to make nesting boxes out of Volt battery covers for ducks, bluebirds, and bats. These boxes were placed around Darlington Raceway in partnership with NASCAR.