Although accomplished in a decidedly lower-profile manner, the first Chevrolet Volt was delivered to its owner four days after Nissan turned over its first new LEAF. In the case of Chevy's equally-groundbreaking vehicle, this handover took place a couple of weeks ahead of when the automaker had originally promised deliveries would begin. The owner is a retired airline pilot, Jeffrey Kaffee, of Parsippany, New Jersey. Interestingly enough, Kaffee is abandoning a Toyota Prius to move into his new Volt. Kaffee's car was among the first batch of 360 Volts that Chevy shipped from its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to various dealers in California, Austin, Texas and the Washington D.C. areas.
In other Volt news, an online auction for the second vehicle to roll off of the production line ended this week with bidding closing at $225,000. The winning bid was made by long-time Chevy proponent Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of the Hendrick Automotive Group. Chevrolet will donate all proceeds from the event to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation to help support various science, math, engineering, and technology education initiatives throughout the system. Hendirick's car, VIN BU100002, is a loaded Volt finished in Viridian Joule with a Premium trim package, Rear Camera and Park Assist Package polished wheels and includes an installed 240V home-charging station. Chevrolet had previously announced that it would retain the first Volt to roll off the assembly line "in recognition of the team's efforts to bring the revolutionary car from concept to reality."