I have owned two Hybrids, so I feel as though I can say this and have it mean something: Hybrids are pretty gay. They are overpriced for what you get, and at the time I got my second one, they were hard to get with any options (still are). They are about as good as it gets in terms of mainstream green technology, but it’s doubtful I will get another one after I get done with my current one (a 2006 HCH). I can’t bring myself to buy a Prius as they are just Toyota Echos with hybrid drive systems. I can’t think of a gayer car than a Prius – not even the Insight.
The next car I am liking is this one: The Chevy Volt. I have lived with the underpowered hybrid, the latest of which doesn’t get nearly as good of gas mileage as the last one I had, for long enough. I want something better before I get a Corvette. Speaking of Vettes, the 2008 Vette is supposed to be a roid-raging monster with like 440hp on the coupe. Given my 2.6 mile commute to work, the new Vette would get me there in like 19 seconds from garage to office. Awesome.
Actually, I will admit that my next vehicle is going to be a bicycle (seriously). I figure that if I am going to be an environmentally friendly commuter, I should do it right and get a bike. After all, I only live 2.6 miles from work and honestly, I need the exercise. It’s really win-win.
What this boils down to is that my hybrid buzz has worn off and I miss driving. Driving has always been a fun outlet for me and I really miss it. I can’t even put a decent stereo system in my hybrid, which completely sucks. Even my old system setup would fry the electrical system in the hybrid, so it just isn’t worth it.
It’s definitely time to get better technology in cars, but hybrids, as I have said all along, are definitely not the long term answer. They are ok for now, but the technology has to be better. And faster. And cooler looking. And not so gay. [It really is funnier if you click on the links.]