Noted in passing: Last evening as I was leaving a parking lot, there were three of us waiting to exit to the through road. On my left was a Toyota Prius. Ahead of me was a Honda Civic Hybrid. I was driving my 2010 Honda Insight. Three cars waiting, all of them hybrids. A sign of the times.
Driving the Insight home from the dealership was pretty much the same experience as the test drive (I'll take that as a good sign). The car was quiet, handled well, and delivered a pleasant ride. The day was sunny and, with the windows all up, the cabin warmed. The automatic air comfort control kept things comfy and cut back, as designed, when the hybrid's engine was shut down at stop lights. Whilst the engine was stopped the fan ran at slow speed but if the stop was long enough, the car's engine fired up again to keep the power flowing. The engine's starting and stopping will take a little getting used to but it's an important way the car saves gasoline. My sense of the car's dimensions needs to develop –I'm not sure how far away the front bumper is– and while visibility is good in most directions, the tiny window in the back is limiting. Interesting to me, as I've never had a digital speedometer, is that the speedometer will indicate the speed when the car is moving in reverse! I don't know how useful that is but that's how it works.
On Sunday we go to an Earth Day observance on what will be the first real travel for us in the new Insight. How appropriate.