I'm not the tree hugging hippy type, but I am the type who loathes pulling up to the gas pump. I'm also the type who hates giving my money to people who are actively using it against my country or, at the very least, building up a country other than my own. That being said, we have a solution.
Electric cars have come a long way since the first run years ago. They are also actively being manufactured and brought to sale here in the US. This is our ticket to energy independence. One of the big issues though is the cost associated with the nation's infrastructure swap and the early adopter cost because you'd be one of the first to jump into a new technology. Basically you're going to pay more today than you will in 10 years because they aren't that common. One thing that might possibly make you feel better about the swap is that you might not have to pay to drive around at all, except for the initial cost of the car and equipment of course.
Ford has announced that it will be offering a Solar Home option with the purchase of the new Ford Focus Electric. That's right. If you drive under 1,000 miles in a month, you would never be paying to fuel your car up again! How exciting! I know, I know. But it costs loads of money to get the Solar Home option. That money will eventually be recouped off of the electrical and fuel savings you gain. Some math:
$4.00 per gallon (most analysts agree we'll easily be at $4 next year)
1,000 miles per month (to compare with the Solar Home)
21 mpg vehicle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuel_efficiency)
1,000 / 21 * $4.00 = roughly $190 per month
$10,000 / $190 = 53 months or 4.4 years.
At that rate, you'd earn $10,000 in 4.4 years of just fuel savings and you would own it from that point forward. This assumes of course that they don't have a way for you to upgrade your Solar Home unit in those 4 years for much higher efficiency. Plus you'd save the time and hassle of fueling up. Don't forget how much good you'd be doing for the environment, our nation, and the future of the electric vehicle industry and it's associated industries.
I can't see this as being anything but a great idea. Again, it's not for the average low to middle income family yet, but it'll get there soon enough.