A lot of auto news recently has been plagued with reports on the new 2011 Chevrolet Volt from General Motors. Here at PR we have kept you informed with the latest news, such as the Volts price reveal, and a comparison report between the Volt and its main rival Nissan’s Leaf.
Now the big selling point for the Volt (and the Leaf for that matter) is the capabilities to cover distances of up to 40 miles on a single charge from its plug and play hybrid powerplant, this is with out any assistance from the 1.4-liter gasoline engine.
However a report from Autoblog states that when the time comes to full up the tank on your hybrid, GM are insisting that you use premium gasoline only? Now obviously these fill ups will be few and far between, but it does seem strange that the energy efficient customers are being pushed into spending more for their fuel.
The only explanation that can be gleamed from this, is that GM’s technical team might have been able to source abit more energy efficiency from the higher octane fuel, although this theory has not been backed up by the auto manufacturer. As of yet there are still no mpg figures for the Volt whilst running on its petrol engine though we will keep you informed. So it leads to the question “would you still be happy to run your hybrid on higher costing gasoline as instructed by your dealer”? Give us your views.
Source: The Truth About Cars