Chevy VoltA retired airline pilot living in New Jersey is the owner of the first Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric vehicle sold to the public.

The man said he paid about $42,000 for the vehicle, trading in a 2005 Toyota Prius.

The initial launch of GM’s groundbreaking electric car was expanded in response to intense interest in the Volt from customers across the country, according to the General Motors CEO, Ed Whitacre.

The Chevy Volt is capable of about 340 miles total driving range. For trips as long as 40 miles, the Volt gets its power solely from electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt’s battery runs low, an engine-generator automatically engages to extend the driving range to about 300 miles on a full tank of gas.

(READ the story at WTOP News)

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