As much as I think hybrids such as the Prius (pronounced Pry-us) and Element are fundamentally ridiculous, the Tesla actually has something in my opinion. Yes its for a niche buyer, yes you're dependent on batteries alone (which are more modern li-ion, still not good for the environment for its a start) but proof of concept-wise its not a terrible design. The chassis for the Tesla Roadster is based on a Lotus-sourced unit and even though Top Gear (UK) got some sh*t for possibly fudging the level of the "charging issues" they had with it, I still don't hate it. I definitely think the futire of purely electric cars is going to be involve capacitors, solar panels and some sort of new/lighter/flexible/modular battery that can be stuffed into panels all over the car in parallel and not rely on a single heavy-as-hell centralized battery pack *cough* Chevy Volt *cough*.
Click here for the Wired article about Tesla and its attempts thus far at releasing its 2nd model that I intended to share before I went off on a tangent -> http://www.wired.com/autopia/2011/01/tesla-wants-some-engineering-cred/
Tesla Vehicle Engineering - Part 1 from Tesla Motors on Vimeo.
Tesla Vehicle Engineering - Part 2 from Tesla Motors on Vimeo.
Tesla Vehicle Engineering - Part 3 from Tesla Motors on Vimeo.
One more source -> http://jalopnik.com/5727505/tesla-offers-inside-look-at-model-s-sedan