Re: Prius; Justify our need for Consumerism I'm not denying that, but as it stands at the moment we still have a need for personal transport in this country; not to mention the size of the country and there will always be a need for people to travel, it may as well be done in the cleanest fashion currently possible. I'm sorry, but I disagree with the whole theory that someone has to be the first to adapt to the technology. Look at the Tesla Roadster, they've produced an electric vehicle that is quicker than a Lotus Elise, all with the tiniest of startup funds. It comes down to governments and oil companies, not the number of people that are willing to take up an electric vehicle. Toyota have announced that they're about to start producing an electric Camry; why can they not base their electric vehicle on a car that is actually enjoyable to drive in the first place? It's a shame that the BMW and Lexus EV's are out reach of 99.9% of people. The argument of buying second hand cars doesn't win it for me, I purchased our car primarily based on it's safety rating. You just can't get that from an old car and I wasn't letting my new born be driven around in a car with no airbags and sub-standard ABS, not to mention the huge safety advancements of electronic stability. As it is a diesel I intend to keep it until it blows up, at which time we'll probably all be driving EVs anyway.