One of the reasons that we, as a family, have not purchased a car to replace our aging "fleet" was that there weren't hybrid or all-electric options available other than the very expensive Prius. It doesn't seem right to buy another gas/diesel car when the technology has been available since the 90's with the Toyota Rav electric models. Last Earth Day (April 2010), I was one of the first few thousand Americans to place a $99 hold on a Nissan LEAF but even with that, we won't see any LEAFs in Michigan, let alone the Detroit area, until very late in 2011.
Here is an interesting article about how many LEAFs and VOLTs were sold in December of 2010. See AP article here http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101231/ap_on_bi_ge/electric_car_sales
GM sold between 250 and 350 Chevy Volts this month and Nissan's sales totaled less than 10 Leaf sedans in the past two weeks. Production for both is slowly ramping up.
It will be well into 2012 before both the Volt and Leaf are available nationwide. And if you're interested in buying one, you'll need to get behind the 50,000 people already on waiting lists.
Here's the You Tube link to the Polar Bear video where a polar bear comes down into the lower 48 and finds a LEAF owner to hug for helping stem the tide of global warming.
Still waiting in Ann Arbor.....