First Volt Sale? A Prius Trade-in

by Henry Payne

Green pols say that electric cars are the future. Many auto analysts counter they are a tree-hugger niche — like sports cars are for gear-heads. That is, the Chevy Volt will merely cannibalize Prius sales rather than convert, say, Camry buyers.

Would Wednesday’s first Volt customer offer a clue on who’s right?

Jeff Kaffee bought the first Volt in Parsippany, N.J. The car he traded in? A 2005 Toyota Prius hybrid.

“I considered that the best car at the time,” said Kaffee, a 69-year-old realtor. “I like leading-edge technology. . . . The Prius is a fine car, but this is definitely the next step forward.”