An interesting article at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35...utos/
seems to show that a charging infrastructure won't be that big of an issue. Nor will range anxiety according to this article.
MSNBC and other non-automotive news outlets are usually embarrassingly off-the-mark when it comes to automotive stories, and this article is no exception. Certainly, if you're buying an electric vehicle with short range in mind, short range won't be a problem. Or you wouldn't buy the electric vehicle. But when it comes to electrics REPLACING (not supplementing) internal-combustion cars, range absolutely becomes an enormous issue. Even in my 17mpg Q45 I can go 350 miles on a tank. No electric can provide anywhere NEAR that. And with the Q, a fillup takes minutes and I'm off for another 350 miles. With an electric, I'd have to stop and charge. And that would make infrastructure a major issue as well.
The two issues, infrastructure and range, are absolutely huge problems, and they are absolutely going to keep most people from buying these cars. Sure, people who only drive 100 miles at a time ever will buy them, and those who can afford a dedicated commuter car in addition to their main car will buy them as well. But average citizens looking for a single car can't consider cars like the Leaf an option until some MAJOR advances in battery or other forms of electrical energy storage are made. MSNBC is dead wrong. Range and infrastructure could not possibly be more significant issues.
You cannot compare specialty test-demographics (which that article uses as its example) with real-world broad-demand appeal. There's no question people leasing BMW mini-Es would be fine with the range that car offers. If they weren't they wouldn't be a part of the test lease program. "Real" people in the real world have much broader demands for their automobiles. Real cars must do more than just travel 80-100 miles between fillups carrying passengers. Electrics aren't real cars yet, they're just ultra-purposed supplements. Which is not a bad thing; you have to start somewhere, and I'm glad to see things moving forward (I said the same when Honda launched the Clarity). But to suggest that range and infrastructure simply aren't big issues is ridiculous. They are the biggest issues...unless we're willing to permanently write off electric cars as supplements and not real cars.