When we mention to people that we’re averaging between 55 and 61 miles per gallon (and that seems to come up a lot) they usually say, “But you have to plug it in, right?” I think what they’re saying is:
“You doofus! It’s not such a bargain if you have to pay the electric company for the juice you use---plus you have the hassle of having to remember to plug in the car every night, and you have to find charging stations when you’re traveling. Don’t call me when you’re stranded on I-95.”
But I respond, “That’s not the way it works (in other words, I see your doofus, and raise you one).” It’s not a plug-in car. It generates some of its own energy. The whole scheme is displayed in animation on a magic 3D monitor in the cockpit (apparently they no longer use written language in 2050). The 3D image depicts energy flowing from brakes to batteries to motors and back again. I’m sure it makes perfect sense to the young engineer who designed it, who probably won’t be born for several years.