Try to talk me out of the Chevy Volt for a commuter car. I've talked myself into it. It's design fits my commute and general driving very well. It's a gadget haven. Yes the battery is full of rare materials, but I can only believe they will be recycled and reused when the battery life is used up. My local municipal electric department offers discounted rates off-peak. I believe the R&D for it was underway long before the bailout (think EV-1 as a research project for the Volt). I disagree with the bailout but believe GM would have come out of bankruptcy at some point and the Volt would have been on the market anyhow. I test drove one and liked the way it drives. I think of it as a long term investment.