This past week marked what may turn out to be an historic event. The video below documents the delivery of the first GM Volt to a dealership customer. This I believe is the first retail delivery of a production Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) in the US.
The Plug-in HEV is different from previously sold HEVs (Toyota/Ford/GM/Honda models) in that it presents the opportunity to drive a car virtually without using any petroleum at all for short range trips (GM says <40 miles), and also allows a fall-back to the use of petroleum gasoline if your trip exceeds this limited range for that day. I see this platform as ideal for an urban commuter who commutes to work each day (20 miles each way), and then perhaps may take a weekend trip that would exceed the 40 mile range of the electric mode. This vehicle can fill both roles.
Toyota has near term plans to deliver Plug-in versions of their current HEVs soon.
The mainstream media of course can't say it on their television channels so I'll say it for them here: UP YOURS OPEC!