My first week in the volt is now up.
I find I love the ride, gadgets, and appointments, even the ipod-esque control panel (and I really love controlling my actual ipod on the console screen via the USB connection.
I've got just under 700 miles on it so far, including the 210 mile drive home from NY on purchase, and just under 300 of those on electric. I've refueled once for 7 gallons and according to the screen I have about 189 miles of fuel range remaining now.
My economy in CS mode has been pretty dead on the 37 mpg from the sticker, and my daily AER has been 35 miles pretty reliably (temps in the 30s-40s, higher one day this week when it was really warm).
My daily use is about 50 miles, so I was burning some fuel everyday. Yesterday I got permission to charge at work and completed the whole day with no gas (53 miles total). When I knew I'd end up burning gas I tended to drive more conservatively and avoid going to far to keep my lifetime mpg numbers in the system higher, it was freeing yesterday to be able to zip home carefree in electric (glanced down at speedometer at one point and realized I was going 87 mph and hadn't noticed).
Compared to my old prius, it is less efficient when burning gas. Even my old Gen 1 was still getting 42 mpg reliably after 8 yrs and 168,000 miles. However it (the Volt) is a lot more fun to drive and feels much classier (I have premium trim).
I think the money I am spending is worth the car I am driving and I know of many other professionals in my field that would feel the same way. I predict this tech is here to stay and the Volt as a model will be a success. Gen 2 may be more commercially successful than Gen 1, but if they sell every Gen 1 they make how do you measure that?
I dream of a better world, where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned