They may pan out in the future. Nothing new is ever what it will be ten years down the road. Have to build and drive a few before improvements will be made.
The problem I have is government subsidies. There won't be a need for subsidies when electric cars become feasible. The development would happen without subsidies.
The development would likely happen without subsudies, but not nearly as quickly in my opinion. Money could be spent on much worse things, so I try to look at it glass half full. Like many have said, electric vehicles (whether partial or full electric) are not yet the total cats meow......but someday MAY be. I don't understand why some folks are so dismissive of the idea that moving away from fossil fuels could possibly be a reality and have benefits to almost all involved. If I could buy a truck that ran on electric, went twice as far, and cost half as much to operate I would do it in a heartbeat and know most other sane people would also. Will that day come? I have no idea, but I hope so.
Gary Benson, you are exactly right. With just about whatever topic you want to discuss/argue, you can read whatever study you want from whatever source you want to get the information you WANT. Bits and pieces of all of it are true, some more than others. It's the same thing with politics, nobody is willing to admit when they are/have been wrong.
I don't think we have a large enough sample size to even come close to determine the realities of electric vehicle feasability on a large scale. Technology is developing and changing so rapidly as far as batteries and other components go that it will be hard to get any kind of definitive hardcore sample. Even recycling or battery materials can develop.
I figure it's kinda like traps and trapping methods. Things change, develop, go forward, go backward, fail, succeed, and such. I think the world is better having the MB750 and CDR7.5 for beaver rather than many previously used alternatives, why can't cars change but improve?
Happy trapping! ScottW
ps, I hate change to!