I haven’t quite made my mind up on the Volt. I like a lot of things about the Chevy super-eco-car, like its many standard features, emphasis on technology, and the fact that it can be an every day car. I don’t like the $41,000 starting price (which comes down to $33,500 after Federal tax credits… still pretty expensive).

Know what else I don’t like about the Chevy Volt? Premium fuel only. Seriously GM?

Premium fuel is actually required in many cars today, most of them in the high performance category. When I owned a ’95 Pontiac Trans Am, I had to put in premium fuel. My heavy foot and the thirsty 5.7 liter V8 guzzled a lot of gas in short order, and I’d cringe when I pulled up to the gas station. Premium gas tends to run 20-30 cents per gallon higher than regular unleaded. That’s a couple of dollars difference every time I filled up.

Yet my Trans Am had 270 horsepower and a whole mess of torque. The Chevy Volt’s range extender has just 80 horsepower. All it has to do is turn a generator to make electricity to supply the battery to move the electric motors. Nothing high performance about that. It displaces just 1.4 liters, less than a big bottle of Mountain Dew. If you were considering the Volt as a way of saving money on gas, you might want to think twice.

Maybe GM thinks that by making people buy premium gas, they might be less inclined to fill up so often? The Volts does have a 40-mile all-electric range. I’m pretty disappointed in this development, though there might be a legitimate reason… maybe the engine runs cleaner on high-octane fuel? Maybe.

Source: The Truth About Car | Image: GM

Chris DeMorro is a car enthusiast, blogger, and all-around crazy man who is as passionate about hybrids as he is about Hemis. You can follow his constant misadventures at Three Months In A Mustang.