The permit fee shoppers were some expediters involved with the Nissan Leaf.
FWIW, my Twp car is a Prius; 16K+ miles, dash computer says 39.6 MPG lifetime. Now, we had a hot summer, and it was 'on' most of the day, unless I had a long inspection. And, 98% is city driving.
Now, my personal commuter car is a '09 Civic, 27k+ miles, and 36.7MPG from day one. Most of that is 65+ h'way commute of 100 clicks round trip daily. Fanatical records on Excel.
I thought about a Prius last year (my old car was totaled in an accident), the Civic, and a Focus. The Civic won & I'm a satisfied guy.
As Greg said, crunching numbers could not justify the $$$ for the Prius as my personal ride.
Back to the subject....I think the first guy with an electric ride, who has aportable plug-in charger will be in the park adjacent to the muni bldg, using one of the many 208/240 volt outlets on the pole bases. Heck, we had an RV sitting there for about 2 weeks, 24-7 water & power at N/C.