Local drivers to spend less time in purgatory

Charlottesville ranks high on the eco-conscience scale according to hybridcars.com. The latest stats compiled by the portal for green auto enthusiasts places Charlottesville at #8 on the list of American cities with the highest per-capita presence of hybrid vehicles.

This puts us in fairly lofty hippy company: four of the top five cities are in California, and the #1 spot was claimed by bicyle- and granola-friendly Portland, Oregon.

Virginia also showed up at #5 on state-level lists for most hybrids per capita and highest rate of new hybrid sales. No surprise perhaps, as even global warming-downplayer Pat Michaels drives a hybrid!