Felix Kramer is the founder of CalCars and a long-time activist for plug-in vehicles. He lives in Redwood City and when he launched CalCars the Silicon Valley EAA chapter was the first group he came to for resources/advice/assistance. They developed and published the information allowing "anyone" to do a Plug-In Prius conversion and I think to a large degree their efforts are what's put plug-in hybrids on the radar of the powers-that-be.
He was able to get one of the first production Volt's last month and has had a bit of experience with it now.
To Tahoe and Back in My Chevy Volt is an article about a trip he took with the Volt to Tahoe, where he thinks he may have made a small bit of history. Namely, the first plug-in vehicle to make it from the SF Peninsula to Tahoe without refueling.
The distance is 225 miles and the Tesla Roadster has a 240 mile range limit. However there's the matter of climbing the 7000 feet to Donner Pass. Every Tesla owner who's made the trip has recharged the battery pack before making the ascent.
Yesterday he came to the EAA Silicon Valley meeting to show off the car and talk about it. It's been one of the largest chapter meetings in a long time. Below are some pictures I took.
One thing he called for is a team to work on "instrumenting" the Volt. The Volt dashboard gives a small amount of data (probably GM wanted to make the car user friendly). It's possible to do for the Volt what they did for the Prius - tear it down, study it, work out how to make it better, document the results for everyone. So far, no takers.