The full list of options
- buy a tiny, gas-powered car, like a "SmartCar". One owner/
reviewer said this was "definitely not a freeway car".
Maybe the SmartCar is the wrong choice from this genre. It certainly
appears to have poor aerodynamics. $12,000.
- buy a diesel-powered car. (doesn't save enough $)
- buy and convert a diesel to use vegetable oil. (veggie oil getting scarce?)
- buy a motorcycle. (would be a tough sell to whats-her-name...)
- rent an apartment or room near work. (another tough sell... not cheap...)
- buy a hybrid, eg: Prius. (freeway drivers say they don't save you much)
- buy a Prius; convert to PHEV
- buy an all-electric car. best bang/$/time is the Aptera, early 2009 ?
- convert a car to run only off electricity.
This entails carefully buying a car and a conversion kit.
- build a 3-wheel chassis, probably from plans, and build a fairing
for it. The concern with this option is that it becomes a loooong project.
- convert a car to run off electricity but include a gas-powered generator
reduce the chances of getting stranded. (an improvement on the numbers above)
- get/make an aerodynamically clean body and chassis then add a
small gas or diesel motor to it. Big project (?)
- use mass transit as appropriate but take some kind of car from the end
of the mass transit line to work. (might work but time consuming)