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DENVILLE, N.J. -- The first customer has received a Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car.

Just before 9 a.m. today, Jeff Kaffee of Parsippany, N.J., took the key to his silver Volt. The car had left General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck plant early Monday evening and arrived Tuesday night at Gearhart Chevrolet in Denville, N.J.

"The future is here, and America is back in the game," dealer Judy Schumacher-Tilton said as she gave Kaffee the key.

The first Volt delivery comes nearly four years after GM first revealed the Volt at the Detroit auto show. The first Nissan Leaf, a pure electric car and a rival of the Volt, was delivered this weekend.

Kaffee flew home Monday from a vacation in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when he heard the car would be ready today. He traded in a Toyota Prius hybrid he bought in 2005.

"I considered that the best car at the time," said Kaffee, a former Air Force and airline pilot who works in real estate. "I like leading-edge technology. ... The Prius is a fine car, but this is definitely the next step forward."

The first five trucks carrying a total of 45 Volts left Monday for metro New York City and Washington, D.C. GM said it expected 160 Volts to ship this week to initial launch markets, which also include Austin, Texas, and locations in California.

Read more: Chevrolet Volt delivered to first customer | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20101215/BUSINESS0101/101215006/Chevrolet-Volt-delivered-to-first-customer#ixzz18E625W4B

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By Drew Johnson

Shipments of the Chevrolet Volt began just two-days ago, but the first customer in the United States has just taken delivery of the range-extending electric vehicle.

Retired airline pilot Jeffrey Kaffee became the first United States customer to take delivery of the Chevrolet Volt earlier on Wednesday. Kaffee even cut a vacation short to pick up his Volt from Gearhart Chevrolet in Denville, New Jersey.

Kaffee’s car is just the first of 360 Volts expected to be delivered this week. Dealers in the Washington D.C. area have already taken delivery of some Volt models, with more currently en route to California and Austin, Texas.

Appropriately, Kaffee traded in a Toyota Prius for the Volt.



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First 2011 Chevy Volt Buyer in U.S. Gets His Keys In New Jersey


Source: GreenCarReports.com

First 2011 Chevrolet Volt delivered to retail buyer Jeffrey Kaffee, in Denville, NJ, December 2010Enlarge Photo

It's been four years coming, but today, the first retail buyer in the U.S. took delivery of his 2011 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car.

The happy event occurred on a cold winter day at Gearhart Chevrolet, in Denville, New Jersey.

The buyer is Jeffrey Kaffee, a retired airline pilot who lives in nearby Parsippany. He was surrounded by a host of radio, television, and print reporters, including CNBC reporting live from the dealership.

The delivery marks the first of 10,000 2011 Volts that Chevrolet expects to build by the end of 2011, along with 45,000 or more the following year.

Gearhart's CFO, Stephen Tilton, said that his dealership and another under the same owners would receive 15 to 20 Volts through the first quarter of 2011, out of 300 available in the greater New York metro area during that time. Most of the allotment, he said, has already been pre-sold.

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is the world's first range-extended electric vehicle. It offers a range of roughly 40 miles from its 16-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion batteyr pack, after which a 1.4-liter gasoline engine switches on to power a generator that provides electricity to the drive motor for another 300 or so miles.

Within the past seven days, Nissan has delivered its first Leaf electric car in San Francisco, plus three more in San Diego, Portland, and Southern California.

Even Mercedes-Benz got in on the green-car intro act, handing over the keys of a leased B-Class F-Cell hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to Vince Van Petten, Executive Director of the Producers Guild in America.



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