• Roberts Posted: 6/4/2011 3:12am PDT

    The small gasoline engine that charges the batteries need premium fuel and also it needs to run from time to time and cannot be rested for too long. Besides that, the car looks great.

  • Kurt Posted: 6/4/2011 5:55am PDT

    @Roberts, it's a good idea to run any internal combustion engine on a regular basis. The Volt will occasionally cycle the engine to ensure that the gas in the fuel lines stays fresh.

  • apeweek Posted: 6/4/2011 11:31am PDT

    Volt owner here. Yes, I have to buy premium gas, but, for me - the gas engine only turns on when I take long highway trips. And my highway mileage on gasoline is 40mpg, which is pretty good.
    Luckily, I'm able to do all my city driving on electricity, which is very cheap (under 2 cents/mile for me.)
    The gas engine will automatically run from time to time (to keep healthy) only of you're the kind of driver who never takes long enough trips to run out of electricity.
    After getting my car, I was able to drive it almost 2,000 miles before needing to buy a tank of gas (the tank only holds 9 gallons.)

  • Kurt Posted: 6/4/2011 12:52pm PDT

    @apeweek, congratulations on your purchase. I got to drive a Volt from NYC to Detroit last fall, and I was very impressed not only by how the car works as an EV, but how well it works as a car. Since engine vibration is almost non-existent (even when the generator is running), the Volt is much less tiring on long drives than a conventional automobile. It's not a sport sedan, but it is oddly satisfying to drive.