Is anyone else getting sick and tired of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt yet? Hell, I know I am. It’s been Chevrolet’s poster child now for the past two years and it’s to the point that I’m simply sick and tired of hearing about this thing. So far we know that the Volt’s purchase price is going to be $41,000, pretty high considering it’s supposed be an economy oriented automobile. We also know that if you don’t want to shell out all those green backs that you can lease it for $350 per month for a 36 month period with $2500 due at signing. The kicker here is you’ll only be able to drive a maximum of 1000 miles per month. Now, maybe it’s me, but isn’t the main reason you buy an electric car/hybrid/economy car because you drive quite a bit and want to save money on fuel?
We then learned that the little 1.4-liter range extender engine had been tuned to run on premium fuel, not a very eco-friendly option if you ask me. Perspective buyers who would already be paying a premium for the car then asked what would happen if the car was run on regular 87 octane fuel… the answer, absolutely nothing. You see all modern cars have a knock sensor that adjusts the engine spark to compensate for lower octane fuel so 87 octane will run in the Volt with no problem. GM powertrain spokesman Tom Read however tells us the reason that GM recommends premium fuel is that it has a longer shelf life than regular gas (which I don’t really believe) and that would benefit Volt owners who don’t regularly utilize the range extender engine.