Flick, I have read articles from people who owned (or own) the RAV 4 EV. It was produced in 1997. There are people with the '97 Rav 4 EV that are still getting close to the same charge capacity as they got back when they bought it. I have also read reports that the batteries are a lot more recyclable than what the OIL companies studies would lead you to believe. That, and battery technology could be considered in it's infancy and will only get batter. However, in order to get it better, money needs to be spent on R&D... which means the first rounds won't be the best. My dad has a hybrid, and has had it for while. No change in it's battery. Still goin' strong and it's been a few years.
Electricity can be EASILY produced cleanly and efficiently through thermol, hydro, wind, solar, etc... I like Hydrogen possibilities, but it's still a ways off. Electric cars are here today and area viable option as an alternative to gasoline. WE can produce out own electricity. We won't be reliant on anybody but ourselves. AND... if you're motivated enough, you can take yourself off the grid and produce your own electricity... that is, if you have the dough.
I don't think people have completely forgotten about the high price of gas. Considering demand is lower and only getting lower, I'd say we are still remembering. I'd just really like to stick it to the oil companies, since demand is low, price per barrel is dropping, yet price at the pump goes up. That's just fucked.
And has anybody talked about how the price of gas seemed to spark this entire shit storm. Sure, the economy has been on it's way down, and a perfect storm was created. But it seems as though the high price of gas excelarated and exaserbated the problem. Once gas when up high, price of food went up and the price of goods went up. Those already squeezed and those not quit squeezed ran out of money paying for gas and food, so they quit buyin luxuries. This cause a shit storm with retail, which cause a shit storm with stocks, which caused lay-offs, which cause people to fuck up on their loans and credit, which cause the banks to lose dough. Sure, the banks handed out crappy ass loans, and retailers were chargin and arm and a leg for stuff that should have been cheap, etc, etc... but it just seems like the perfect storm got set up, and the high price of gas just blew it up and blew it up quick.