Apart from the time - 140mi for "some shopping" is something nobody will do in Europe, unless somebody is paying your gas. Is simply too expensive to justify "some shopping". This is what is keeping overall lifetime driven miles in EU low I believe. They have started to build outlet "villages" here in Germany as well, but with these fuel prices, it makes no sense to drive there to save 10â‚¬ for a shirt, when it goes all in the fuel to get there in the first place, Prius or not... I "envy" your freedom to drive where you want, not thinking too much about fuel price. I don't have this freedom anymore. A 140mi/225km trip at 4.5L/100km (a bit more than 50mpg) would be 15â‚¬/22$ - I can drive a full week to my office (and a bit more around town) with that - I cannot use it for "some shopping" anymore even if I wanted to, really.