The Chevrolet Volt has been the center of news recently and to be honest, we’re a bit tired of it. Alas, one more piece of news has just come to the surface. It seems that owners of the Volt, after they have traveled the 40 miles or so on the electric batteries, will need to fill their cars up with premium petrol.

That’s right, premium. Drivers must pay at the pump in order to be a part of this Earth saving movement. So, not only are you paying a massive amount for the car itself, you are paying more at the pump. It seems odd to us that the small 1.4-liter 80 horsepower motor would need the high-grade juice, but we’re sure there’s a reason.

Really though, is this a big deal? Premium petrol isn’t all that much more and it shouldn’t cost owners that much extra to fill the car up. Not to mention you won’t have to visit the petrol stations that often, hence the reason for the Volt.

It should be interesting to see how the Volt will work on a daily basis once it’s released.


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  (16) posted on 04.4.2011

The higher the octane, the more force for it to ignite under pressure. Typically you will only see the benefits of premium gas in a car that has forced induction, eg. supercharger or turbocharger, or a car which has a higher compression ratio. In these vehicles, if you run low grade gas you get Detention, when that happens in a normal street car you will usually see you mileage decrease, when it happens in a race car, you blow your engine. Most street vehicles in the United States need gasoline with an octane rating of 87 and it is not really dirtier, its just not quite as refined.

  (648) posted on 04.4.2011

Can you please enlighten me on this, what’s with the premium gas and how it is beneficial to other vehicles?

  (745) posted on 11.26.2010

That’s EXACTLY what I said... Premium tends to have more detergents and other stuff that would probably make it last longer while it sits there unused in the tank.

  (780) posted on 11.23.2010

Aw, that’s a huge disappointment. This would be certainly troublesome.

  (619) posted on 09.22.2010

For a car like this where the gas could sit in the tank for weeks or longer, i don’t see what the issue is with putting some premium gas? It’s about $2 extra for a tank of gas. At Starbucks you won’t even be let in the door for that. Non issue as far as i am concerned.

  (380) posted on 08.25.2010

40MPG is good for an electric car, imagine putting a premium petrol will make it last longer.

  (555) posted on 07.29.2010

GM has stated that it gets 5-10% better efficiency with premium and the gasoline has less propensity to go stale (lasts a little longer while sitting in the tank).

  (238) posted on 07.29.2010

Leaf > Volt

  (16) posted on 07.29.2010

I definitely agree with you about the Volt. I have been watching its development for years. The Volt will be a GREAT car, no doubt and not just for Chevrolet, but for all car companies. I believe it will force other companies to follow Chevrolet’s lead, I can’t wait to drive this car. Electric motors offer such great torque and drive-ability, I just don’t know if Chevrolet is ready for the production demand, but I hope so.

  (1) posted on 07.29.2010

If You are not going to "BUY" a Volt don’t worry about buying premium gas, let those that will actually "OWN" one worry about that!!
I have sold Chevrolet’s for 25 Years and Our Volt will be the "GREATEST" Car Chevrolet has EVER Built!!!
In Fact the Volt will make "HISTORY" as one of the "GREATEST" cars ever Built....

  (16) posted on 07.29.2010

I did finish reading, you added a rebuttal to your opening. I ignored that information because it made the article look like more of a waste of time and internet space. Without the last two paragraphs you actually seemed a little more intellectual. Maybe you should proof read articles all the way before posting.

  (25) posted on 07.29.2010

Maybe you should read the whole thing first before commenting. The last couple paragraphs clearly state that they feel the same way you do, that this shouldn’t be a big deal. Finish reading next time.

  (16) posted on 07.29.2010

Articles like this are making me question the benefit of looking at this site for news. My Volvo needs 91 octane in order to reduce detonation , and it gets 31 mpg, 20 cents a gallon increase over regular for over 100 mpg, you’re right thats terrible.

  (2) posted on 07.29.2010

The Smart cars need premium too... the reason they need it is for the higher compression rates in the cylinders

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