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USA: Early-Adopter Pilots Drive Volts and Leafs

Dan Davids, who is a longtime pilot, with his Toyota RAV4 EV.

The first person to take delivery of a Chevrolet Volt was Jeff Kaffee, a retired airline pilot. Mr. Kaffee was only first in line. A number of other current or former pilots are owners of either the Volt or the Nissan Leaf.

Dan Davids of Woodinville, Wash., is president of Plug In America and the owner of a Leaf and an older Toyota RAV4 electric car. He’s also a longtime pilot, a former flight instructor and airplane dealer who still owns multiple aircraft, from a glider to a twin-engine plane.

“With planes, it’s all about efficiency,” Mr. Davids said in a telephone interview. “So if you’re a pilot, why wouldn’t you want any kind of transportation equipment you operate to be as efficient as possible? It amazes me when a pilot is fastidious about saving money and fuel while in the air, but then arrives back at the airport and climbs into a Chevrolet Suburban to drive home. They should know better.”


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