If the Volt is allowed to run completely out of gas it will operate in reduced propulsion mode to maximize EV range until some gas is added to the fuel tank. If you don't regularly use gas the Volt Owner's Manual recommends keeping the Volt's fuel tank 1/3rd full ~ 3 gallons. That amount of fuel will last approximately one year as the Volt will automatically enter Engine Maintenance Mode and will start the gas engine for approximately 10 minutes, once every 6 weeks, to circulate fluids, lubricate and protect the internal engine parts. At the end of 12 months the age of the fuel in the Volt's fuel tank will cause the Volt to automatically enter Fuel Maintenance Mode and begin to burn all of the remaining fuel in the tank. You can interrupt, delay further running of Fuel Maintenance Mode by adding a sufficient quantity of fresh fuel to the Volt's fuel tank.I've been told that letting a car run completely out of gas can cause the gas pump to fail prematurely since it is cooled primarily by contact with the fuel.
is it dangerous/damaging to the fuel pump or any other component to run completely out of gas?
If the Gen 1's 40+ miles/charge meets someone’s driving needs 99% of the time, the 238+ mile range of the Bolt is overkill. One need not be obsessed with not using any gas to recognize that one method of maximizing your electric driving experience is to drive a Volt efficiently, and another is to drive a BEV.Volt owners who are obsessed with not using any gas should really consider buying a Bolt then you don't have to worry about it.
I’m retired, so I drive but short distances around town, far enough to approach battery range only about 6 times per year (i.e, ~99% ev around town). On the other hand, about once a year I head out on a long vacation trip (could be 1000+ miles or more). I try to time the final fill-up on the drive home to a spot about 100+ miles from home. I arrive home with no gas range anxiety and plenty of gas to last until my next unplanned vacation drive.Regardless, why would anyone want to run out of gas?
It's amazing how many people are just totally oblivious these days.We keep our 2016 Volt Premier with a full tank of gas, many times I fill it up and it takes only 3-4 gallons. Recently my wife and I made a few trips outside the electric range and still with 200 miles on gas for those combined trips we averaged over 51 mpg just on gas. Just hard to understand how somebody could run out of gas with all the warnings prior and at least 300 miles of range just on the gas engine alone.