Has nothing to do with being blindsided and everything to do with the EROEI. Hybrid will never take hold here, the cost of oil and the efficiency with which it generates energy dictates it to be so. By the time the reserves (of which there are estimated over 200 years in the US alone) are used up, nuclear fusion will be a reality. Electrical and other alternative energy sources could never generate enough to meet our demand, let alone globally. In Europe - especially countries reliant on foreign oil - hybrid makes much more sense. That's why the Ukraine is such a hot bed.