The number one misconception has got to be that the Volt is a pure electric vehicle. People accept a car that runs either on electricity or gasoline without a second thought, but a car that can run on both takes some explaining.
GM just released an ad that attempts to explain why running out electricity will not leave you stranded, in a scorching desert full of snakes no less.
“...Tesla will likely provide both pure electric and range extended electric drive options in the future. We refer to the latter as a REEV (Range Extended Electric Vehicle) to distinguish it from “hybrids,” which are really just gasoline engine cars with a small electric motor and tiny battery. The REEV battery in our scenario would fully cover the range needs for reasonable daily usage, but there would be an onboard generator for the occasional long trip.”
–- Elon Musk, December 21, 2007