In 2010 I rented a bunch of Zipcars back when they were featuring hybrids and the prius ,insights and Altima I drove. the Nissan Altima was a really great car but did not get as good mileage as the prius or insight but it was really fun to drive and did not feel like it was compromised like the insight and to a much lesser degree the prius. Last week I got a nice ride in a Volt which was also pretty quick. Seemed to have really good acceleration even when loaded. It would be a better car if it did not need premium gas and held five passengers. think a Impala with the Volt drive train and running on mostly plug in and occasionally on gas.
I don't understand why more people don't get solar panels. I wanted to do for years. My only regret is that the system is not bigger so I could use less nat. gas. we are slowly making the house tighter and replacing less efficient appliances with better ones, more insulation, gap filling, LED lamps etc.