You do not seem to be an optimal Volt customer because your long-distance travels merely will cause you to carry around hundreds of pounds of batteries that add little to your fuel efficiency. Furthermore, you do not have adequate infrastructure to support the battery pack. Also, the Volt has a poor heating system at below-freezing temperatures. I also live in a condominium. The Homeowners Association is hostile to electric vehicles and banned me from plugging-in at the 110-volt outlets in the parking area. I must hike across my village to use a free charging facility. You should check on whether there is a free charging station in your vicinity, but that is unlikely in Illinois. Colorado has a slightly higher registration fee for electric vehicles which funds a grant program to encourage the installation of free charging stations at many public parking areas. Check the ChargePoint or Department of Energy sites for the locations of charging stations across the United States. I owned a 2007 Prius for eight years. Never a problem. 48 MPG. I considered a Prius plug-in, but the Toyota staff convinced me that Toyota was discontinuing the line. I bought a 2013 Volt for the same cost as I had purchased my Prius, both with around 10,000 miles on the odometer. Lifetime costs are similar. The up-side is the Volt is a great design for the future. I get the electricity for my daily commute free. The down-side is the inconvenience of hiking a half-mile to the charging station every night after two hours of charging. This is the fact the marketing team ignore when they tell you that you will be able to pass gas stations. You will skip the weekly trip to a gas station in exchange for the nuisance of plugging-in every night to an electric supply. The first year with the Volt, my average was 160 MPG. Then, I took a 4,000-mile trip with no access to electricity and burned 98 gallons of gasoline. Now, my lifetime average is 80 MPG. I really liked my Prius, enjoyed it for 8 years. I am not sure how many years I will keep the Volt. I may trade for upgraded technology. I may trade for a more aggressive adventure vehicle if a plug-in hybrid model comes along that can handle the boulders and potholes in any Forest Service road. Prius and Volt are extremely competitive in my mind. I would enjoy driving either.