Earth to John . . . the Volt has an engine too . . .
My last car I had for 18 years before I bought a new one in 2009 was an 87 T-Bird turbo coupe . . . put 300,000 miles on the original engine, drivetrain, and turbo . . .
At 40 large for a Volt . . . you could buy a Focus for a little over half of that . . . and drive for FREE for many years.