2016 Chevrolet Volt Won't Need Premium To Move

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

When customers arrive to pick up the 2016 Chevrolet Volt late next year, they won’t need to spend money on premium when it eventually comes time to fill the tank.

AutoblogGreen reports the 1.5-liter engine taking the place of the outgoing 1.4-liter unit will be more than happy with regular gasoline. Volt chief engineer Andrew Farah explained the move was on the suggestion from consumers who didn’t want to pay more for gas than they thought necessary:

The ability to use regular unleaded was based directly on customer feedback. Since the range extender is an all-new engine, it was optimized to use regular unleaded at the outset. Using regular fuel will not have effect on vehicle acceleration or other performance factors.

The new engine is a part of a new global family of engines — ranging in size from 1 to 1.5 liters — and is quieter and more powerful than the mill extending the range of the current Volt.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Oct 30, 2014

    I'm not sure why these mythical consumers would care much, since the goal of every Volt owner is to use as little gas as possible.

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    • APaGttH APaGttH on Oct 30, 2014

      @colin42 The myths and misunderstanding about the Volt is amazing to me.

  • Noorct Noorct on Oct 30, 2014

    Don't care if premium or regular as long as it can go 50 miles on a charge! That's one of the things holding me back from the current model (the other is the infant seat friendliness of the 2+2...) I have a 50 mile commute and no charging at work sadly. It's so close to right for me, yet so far away

  • Voyager Voyager on Oct 30, 2014

    Sometimes even the good news can be completely offset by something like Manchester United players refuse to drive the free Corvettes and Camaro's that were donated by sponsor GM. Better fire the people who were responsible for the half a billion sponsor deal that will get GM nowhere, simply because it was decided that Chevrolet is to disappear from the EU market in favor of the struggling GM subsidiary Opel.

  • Loboc Loboc on Dec 01, 2014

    I drive a 2013 Volt. I have used 161 gal of gas in 19k miles. That's a whole $50 in 1-1/2 years by using premium over regular. Big whoop. $3 bucks a month. Even if it didn't require premium, I'd probably use it anyway because of superior gunk-reducing properties.