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.

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