RE: Electric bike by VW
I agree with everything Keith says about electric stuff. Energy's energy and you have to generate it somehow. And battery manufacturing, from the raw materials mines to the end product, is anything but environmentally friendly.
But one of my co-workers bought one of the first Priuses sold in Seattle. How many years ago is that? A bunch. Actually she and her husband bought two of them. And as of the last time I talked to her--- so a few months ago--- both of them were still operating on their original batteries.