Scott said that GM's announcement that their plug-in hybrid might be a serial hybrid has excited the EV community more than Toyota's upcoming refinement of the hybrid Synergy drive into a parallel, but in general there is an cautious optimism about what GM and Toyota have said. The electric vehicles that are coming out in the near future are all creating a buzz, he said. And even though NEVs are limited, Scott says they help the EV cause overall. Tesla's Roadster is incredibly important, he said, because it changes people's perceptions of what an electric car is and can do.
Give Paul a listen (~6 min., 1.3 MB)
One note: Scott says in the interview that the number of soft orders collected in Plug-in Partners campaign is over 10,000. A representative for Plug-In Partners told me later that the actual number is 8,200.