The irony of the situation is that as more people get PHEVs and fuel efficient cars (be they hybrids or clean diesels or small convenional gas) the demand for gas will go down and, likely, so will the price of gas. I think what we'll find is things will come into a sort of a balance.
Now, the brilliant thing would be to have a coordinated reduction in oil imports along with the reduced demand so that gas prices would stay fairly level even as overall demand was reduced.
But I'm not counting on that happening. Unfortunately too many people see the formula like this....
High gas price = Bad and they're oblivious to the fact that their choice to drive a Suburban is a contributing factor to the higher price of gas and that they're entitled to both cheap gas and irresponsible vehicle choices.
I'm not sure how this perception, in this thread, has come to be that I'm 'anti-Volt'...I'm most definately not. I'm not happy about some of the decisions/compromises/choices whatever that GM's making. I understand all the reasons/excuses about how those choices were made. I just wish that rather than expediency they'd have gone for greatest market appeal. Clearly many here disagree.
And look...even if the best we had was the current generation Prius (and similar from other manufacturers) and we could keep gas prices rising we could become independent of middle East oil imports. PHEVs (ala Volt) are not the only means of achieving that. But I think PHEVs are clearly the next step toward a petroleum based consumer auto market. No doubt in my mind really. I want little more than the Volt to be highly successful with Toyota producing a strong competitor to the Volt and the entire market for PHEVs becoming huge and expanding to all consumer vehicle classes.