A spare tire is like life insurance. You need it but never want to be in the situation to use it. I have had the occasional nail and a low tire but consider myself lucky that it occured around town and not on a highway. At the Chicago Auto show, I asked the Volt rep why no spare and he gave me the "when was the last time" spiel saying that now they give you a blow up kit (probably open it and find a prayer book). I do not care; I want one. At least a donut to keep me rolling.