According to EPA.gov figures obtained a few minutes ago, a 2009 Honda Civic hybrid has 'new MPG' of 40/45. 'New MPG' of a 1984 Honda Civic CRX is / was 38/47. A friend had a new CRX circa 1985, and claimed 70+ MPG in steady , long highway trips. 1980-ish VW rabbit diesels returned 55-70 mpg highway all the time. Why bother with batteries? When I/C engines reach end of life, they get melted down and turned into Hyundais, have you seen the photos of mountains of lead acid batteries leaking all over some 3rd or 4th world country? The so-called Smart cars make a 1980 rabbit look like a Ferrari, and have worse mileage ratings than any of the above. Discuss.