The current eco-fad is to purchase overpriced electric powered vehicles. Simple plug-in hybrids do make a certain level of operational, if not financial, sense as does the Chevrolet Volt which is a battery powered plug-in vehicle with a 'range extender' gasoline motor.
The newly introduced Nissan Leaf, however, is a pure electric car with a range of about 100 miles, as claimed by the company, and only 73 miles as tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) . Reduce that - by a lot - when sitting in traffic jams on days when heat or air conditioning are required and the risk or running out of fuel becomes substantial.
The answer is simple. Call a tow truck and, instead of purchasing an expensive gallon of gas, the vehicle will be hauled away to spend hours being recharged while the unfortunate eco-freak owner paces impatiently as he (women are likely too sensible to buy these impractical status symbols) contemplates the new damage to his bank account.
A headscratcher indeed!