I guess I really don't understand what all the complaining is about. Here is my thought process:
OK, lets use efusco's numbers:
So if you get 282 real world miles out of the batteries and 5 gallons of gas, that has you on the road for about 4.5 hours.
How do I get that number? From my office in Boardman, Ohio to Cincinnati, Ohio, it is 278.5 miles. Except for about 5.5 miles, it is all interstate driving. And that is how long it takes me to get there. And I am ready to get out and stretch my legs.....
There have been compromises made in every car I have ever purchased. None have been "exactly" what I wanted. But if stopping the car every four hours or so for 5 minutes to fuel up is a deal breaker for you, then you really should be looking at other vehicles!
My only real comment about efusco's post is this. Just about everyone here is really concerned about the AER. Yet he makes the comment that "Now, for an EV every little bit of weight makes a difference I absolutely agree, but I don't see this altering the EV range by more than a mile per charge at most." I am sorry, but you can't have it both ways!
If you want max AER, you have to lower the aero C/D, put on the lowest rolling resistance tires, reduce electric drain from the batteries, and remove every spare pound of weight. That is how it works. And that is what GM is advertising for the Gen-1 Volt. Add that one extra mile of range from a smaller tank, to one or two extra miles of range from an improved A/C heater system, and another from well designed accessories, and now you have a 10% improvement in that AER! I find that to be much more important than being able to go 800 miles without stopping.
But that is just my opinion............