What is available today? Well I could get a Leaf or a more expensive Volt, if a Leaf fits my needs then that what I'll get. But as a paid peanuts graduate students a car period is not in my range or needs and I got a bike and a bus pass. Lets see the average commuter drives 40 miles a day, a Nissan Leaf got 100 miles range, so it could at least supply a majority of commuters needs, in other countries like japan the average commuter drive is even shorter. Add in the Leaf costs several thousand less than the Volt and that is probably why the Leaf is selling more. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/03/11/nissan-leaf-sales-3657-four-times-more-chevy-volt/ Oh I'm all for that, its just we could do even better going full electric.