http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/content/oct2007/db20071027_825187.htm This, in my opinion, is the type of model that we need to see 100X over - and according to some folks in the know, a LOT of money from Silicon Valley is now going into alternative energy. "Agassi's company plans on operating much like a mobile-phone service provider. It hopes to sell or lease electric cars to consumers in packages that include monthly service fees. It will also operate networks of charging locations and service stations that replace batteries for people who are on the road. The whole system, called a "smart grid," will be coordinated by networking software developed by Agassi's programmers."