powersurge wrote: I wonder how many people on this Leaf forum started with hybrids before they took the plunge to the Leaf??
Guilty as charged. Our first toe in the water was a 2008 Highlander Hybrid.
After that experience, I was much more open to the Leaf and the Clarity PHEV.
Interesting idea of having all new cars be either BEV, PHEV or at minimum old-fashioned Hybrid. I can see that being effective, though legally impractical in the U.S. anyway. China and Europe have much better prospects for doing something like that. Perhaps implement the concept for vehicles with an MSRP over $30k. Hybrid does add cost to the purchase; but by only requiring on higher end models, the argument that it would unduly burden those who can't afford it becomes rather moot. Also, when it is a standard feature on the more desirable models, it will become a more popular option on the more affordable models.