While the news is good for the high mileage line, it wasn't always easy. In 2000 and then again in 2004 the Prius was attacked by members of the conservative media.
Recent attacks on the Chevrolet Volt and the all-electric Nissan Leaf by the same members of the media may prove to be equally flawed in their predictive quality.
As the price of gas rises and wages continue to stagnate, affordable hybrid or all-electric cars will continue to rise in sales and popularity.
Efficiency trumps ideaology.