At the very least, GM is heading in the right direction with the Volt. Sure, it may not have a 100 mile range like the Leaf, but for 80% of commuters, 40 miles is plenty. And the lack of range anxiety may be enough to sway the "non EV types" to go for it. But, the one big complaint about the Volt (especially on this forum) that I am getting sick of hearing is the fact that it's really not an EV, but a hybrid, just because the engine can physically drive the wheels. Oh no..what were they thinking? Answer: they were thinking about efficiency. When the batteries are depleted and you are relying on an ICE to do the work, it is usually more efficient to mechanically drive the wheels instead of charging the batteries to power a motor to drive the wheels, especially at higher speeds. When are people going to realize this? It must be a severe case of hybrid-phobia or something. Sure, they could have made a pure EV, but I believe that North America needs a stepping stone first. Maybe they will release a BEV soon enough.