So I saw a volt at a local dealer and couldn't resist. I stopped in for a look and went for a short test drive. My impressions are as follows: It was a fully loaded white tricote with backup camera (~$46000.00). The car in electric mode is so quiet, the only sounds I could hear (beside the salesman) were some minor wind noise coming from the top of the hatch back and some very muffled road noise. The noises could not be heard when the radio was on and not very loud. Overall the performance in normal mode was OK (my car goes 0-60 in 6 seconds for reference) when getting on the highway. But when I entered the highway a second time in sports mode the car accelerated quite firmly. I was very impressed. I also experienced (IMO) the two stage braking. The first stage was mild due to regenerative braking. The second stage was the actual disks which work very well. The car is ever so slightly smaller than my 2007 Saturn Aura XR, but it still felt fairly roomy for my medium 5'10" frame. I did notice that the back seat leg room (when the front seats are all the way back) is a bit thin, perhaps 4" or so. But when I adjusted to my size, the rear leg room looked much better. I think the previous driver was about my son's height (6'4"). I also experienced driving in "L" which I think really could replace allot of minor braking, though I'm not sure how efficient that is. Anyway, the experience was so good that I looked into what I could afford and do. Interestingly in my area the local utility matches the $7,500.00 government tax credit as cash at purchase. My Saturn is paid off, so with all that taken into account I would be looking at a payment between $100.00 and $150.00 per month for a lease which is about what I pay for gas each month now! I live quite close to work so I could charge on weekends and drive gas free during the week! I'm checking to see if the utility still has funds available as they were for the first 25 customers. Here’s to hoping.