They pushed it pretty hard, "all those electronics" (yeah, and they are designed to be very reliable in cars). Hell, I converted a car to electric 9 years ago and still drive it regularly with no problems. I expect the manufacturers can do better, and GM has a good record with the Volt. The finance lady tried a lot of angles and reduced the price 4 times. After my 4th "no thanks" she gave up and acted pretty miffed. I figured if they try to sell it that hard it must be a pretty good deal for them, not me. Plus you have the GM warranty and insurance coverage. The cost of the warranty was much more than my personal insurance cost and insured much less.