First U.S. Chevy Volt Owner Has a Story to Tell


Green Car Reports - December 14, 2012

Two years ago, Jeff Kaf­fee, a retired pilot, took pos­ses­sion of his keys and became the very first per­son in the U.S. to buy a Chevro­let Volt.

Find out what the jour­ney has been like since.

Since then, the retired pilot from Par­sip­pany, New Jer­sey, has put almost 12,000 miles on his range-extended elec­tric car–using just 26.1 gal­lons of gaso­line while doing so.

That works out to a life­time aver­age of about 460 mpg, since most of those miles were cov­ered on grid electricity.

That’s lower than the aver­age dis­tance cov­ered by most cars but Kaf­fee notes that he spends up to half the year in Florida and can fly free–so he does few long-distance road trips.

Gen­er­ally speak­ing, Kaf­fee says most of his daily trav­els fall within the elec­tric range of his 2011 Volt.

He pegs that at 38 to 40 miles in the sum­mer, and 30 to 35 miles in colder months, but notes that own­ers of 2013 Volts have reported higher ranges due to the slightly larger bat­tery pack.

Kaf­fee says he mostly plugs in his Volt at home, and doesn’t make any effort to locate or seek out pub­lic charg­ing stations.

His only dis­ap­point­ment with the Volt, he said, was that pub­lic charg­ing infra­struc­ture on the East Coast is rel­a­tively less devel­oped than in other regions, par­tic­u­larly the West Coast.