Gas prices rose again this week, the summer driving season is around the corner and they are demonstrating today in Saudi Arabia.
So before gas hits $5 a gallon, we thought it would be a good day to look at the Chevy Volt; voted Top 10 most fuel-efficient rides you can buy -- based on EPA combined mileage ratings that better reflect what you'll average per year -- and the cost to drive it.
We've included an industry price and trend tracker -- the cost to drive this car 15,000 miles a year, at $3.52 a gallon (the national average) and at $5 a gallon. We also included the Volt's sticker price and calculation of what people actually have been paying for one in the past 30 days.
(Yes, you could bypass these and go for a pure electric -- if your commuting needs allow, if your family vacations are "staycations," if you have a garage to handle a charger, etc. But that's a lot of ifs, and their availability is limited.)
2011 Chevrolet Volt
Type: Compact sedan
Base model sticker price: $41,000
Average people pay: $40,893
Combined EPA rating: 37.1 mpg
Gas burned in 15,ooo miles: 404 gal.
Cost per 15,000-mile year at $3.52/gal.: $1,424
Cost per $15,000-mile year at $5/gal.: $2,022
Fisker electric car to be priced at $117,000. Purchase a Chevy Volt for as low as $32,780 after $7,500 tax credit.
Three years after it was conceived, Fisker Automotive's first car will go into production later this month.
The Fisker Karma, on display at this year's Geneva motor show, is an electric car that has been kitted out with a four-cylinder, petrol-powered, range-extender engine.
The Californian company initially hopes to sell 15,000 cars per year, chief executive Henrik Fisker told BBC News.
But over time, "we want to become a proper high-volume carmaker", he said.
"We'll eventually achieve sales in the hundreds of thousands," said Mr Fisker, who is a former Aston Martin and BMW designer.
Sales numbers for the Chevy Volt are out and you'll never guess how many of these future machine consumers devoured in the month of February. Go ahead and try. The amount sold is: 281!
That might sound low to you, but it's actually an enormous amount. Nissan only sold 67 Leafs. Leaf sales dropped by 23 percent! So actually, the Volt is excelling more than its prime competitor, too. Therefore the Volt is doing pretty good. In truth, if you had told GM execs last year that the Volt was going to out-sell the Leaf by more than 4-to-1, they would have been thrilled.
Do you still want more good news? Okay, how about this: Because the Volt sales are emerging, taxpayers saved money! The government gives everyone who buys one of the Volts or Leafs $7,500.