Chevrolet Volt Needs Premium Gasoline To Function

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

The Truth About Cars appears to have dug up an interest but troubling fact about the new Chevrolet Volt; it requires premium gasoline.

Despite being able to go 40 miles without consuming a drop of gasoline, Chevrolet’s environmental savior plug-in hybrid needs the top shelf dino juice for some inexplicable reason, despite the fact that its “gas engine “range extender is a wimpy 1.4L four-cylinder engine putting out 80 horsepower. The Volt’s $41,000 pricetag and requirement for premium fuel are shaping up to be a couple of big strikes against a very promising product.

[Source: The Truth About Cars]

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  • Tbone Tbone on Jul 29, 2010

    Yeah, using premium gasoline is a real deal breaker. I know, my scooter that gets 80 miles to the gallon requires premium. It cost me $3.50 a week to drive the dang thing. For the typical owner of the Volt, they'll be having to fill up a tank of gas on high priced premium once every six months. That's devastating. Comes to about $4 a month. Yeah, that's a real deal breaker. Poor saps. And if they live in the Midwest, where electricity cost 8 cents a kilowatt hour, it will cost them 80 cents a day to recharge. Another deal breaker. You're better off keeping your Hummer.

  • Mike Mike on Jul 31, 2010

    I know you all want this to be some kind of miracle green car but sorry it is not. First it is really billed as a second car for commuting back and forth to work. Personally I can only afford one car, and not one the cost $40,000 but my Honda was $18,000. I guess it is nice to be rich and have lots of money for multiple cars. Also while it sounds nice to get 200 mpg and how cheap it is even with premium gas, there is the battery cost. If what I have heard is true (around $10,000) that is an added fuel cost. they are warranted to 100,000 miles. So if you have to buy a new one that does up the cost of operations. I don't know about anyone else but if I had over 100,000 miles on a vehicle and had to do a 10k repair, I would have to think long and hard between investing that much money in a older vehicle verses getting a new one. (of course my care was only $18,000 so that is more than have the cost of the car). My Honda has 230,000 miles on it and I have only done basic maintenance never a major break down or repair. My point being is that there is still a cost of operating the volt. The volt might be a good car for the people who normally have more than one vehicle and have shorter commutes to work and such, but for regular working stiffs, I think it is out of price range. A good fuel efficient car that runs well a does both short and long range that is dependable will have to do for now.