This is one of the few times I think you're wrong. What I meant by a crutch is that Hybrids are not a permanent solution. Whether or not they're "better"(which I don't think they are) is of no consequence in the long haul. Even if there is going to be oil for a lot longer than the libs want us to think(which I believe to be true) it won't last forever. Therefore a Hybrid is only going to help us make it last longer. Electricity is something that is made from any number of sources, and must be made for many other purposes than merely cars. We'll ALWAYS have to make it, and it can be made from all kinds of shit. In other words our electricity supply will never run out, and oil will. So Electricity is the long term solution. The only way I can see hybrids working forever is if we make Ethanol or biofuels to run the hybrids. I don't think that's going to be NEARLY as energy efficient as simple piping the electricity straight in. think about growing the plants, harvesting, refining, shipping it all over the place... Just doesn't seem like it's going to be more efficient at all.