We'll if you only drive 25 or 30 miles a day, and rarely go more than 100 miles the Volt is a good choice, BUT we are back to maintenance , we have a motor, that requires oil changes, tune ups, emission test, muffler, starter motor ,etc. we that going on an extended trip, say 1,000 miles. The volt is no better than my Honda Accord (36mpg). Sure you could stop and spend 3 hours every 150 miles and charge the battery and save 40 miles of fuel. It has it's place. For a person as myself, majority of my driving is 300 miles a week (60 miles a day max commute ) it would work out very good. Not the best plan but not the worst either. JMHO. Something for me to consider. At 67 Years young pay back is not an option.