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GM delivers the first 2011 Chevy Volt

Earlier this week, General Motors announced that they had begun shipping 2011 Chevy Volt sedans to dealerships and yesterday the very first Volt was delivered to a customer in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Retired airline pilot Jeffery Kaffee was officially the first buyer to take delivery of the 2011 Chevy Volt, having cut short a vacation to head back to Denville, New Jersey’s Gearhart Chevrolet to pick up his new electric car. No additional details on Mr. Kaffee’s 2011 Volt are provided but as you can see in the image above, he selected the popular Silver Ice Metallic common to the Volt mules seen running around the Detroit area for the past few months.

The car delivered to Jeffery Kaffee should not be mistaken for the 2011 Chevy Volt auctioned off yesterday for charity, as that auction car was the very first Volt to come off of the assembly line destined for public consumption whereas Mr. Kaffee was the first “regular customer” to take delivery of a previously-ordered Volt. Depending on the options chosen, the retired pilot paid closer to $41,000 for his Volt as opposed to the $225,000 that was paid for the first Volt to roll off of the Hamtramck assembly line.

The 2011 Chevy Volt delivered to Jeffery Kaffee officially begins the spread of Volt across the US market as, along with the Nissan Leaf, electric cars begin to finally arrive at dealerships around the country. General Motors also points out that Mr. Kaffee traded in his Toyota Prius to purchase his 2011 Chevrolet Volt.

Good choice, sir.