The trouble with being first, or one of the first, is that you're sometimes not the best. Case in point - Mark One Prius Plug In Hybrid. All that Prius goodness - the quirky looks, the futuristic interior, instrument graphics to amaze first time buyers, low fuel consumption, low (or no) CO2 emissions, halo but, in my case, a pathetic range on 'lecky only that would not even get me to the office, let alone home again, jiggety-jog.