Have any of you yet thought about the amount of fossil fuels it takes to generate the electricity to charge the car battery?
Also, today's current battery technology is not yet up to speed with the requirements for an all-electric vehicle. And those battery packs for electric vehicles are f'ing heavy. The high voltage battery used in Toyota's hybrids is over 400 pounds and takes up a good chunk of chassis space. With today's battery technology the battery required for an all-electric car is much heavier and much larger than a hybrid's battery. Taking a spare along doesn't make any sense.
Personally I don't blame the politicians. For one thing, they're not smart enough to figure out what's going on with electric vehicles. Second, as a Toyota Motor Manufacturing employee AND a former battery researcher I am well aware of the current limitations on electric cars. Now just isn't the time for an all-electric car. The power systems required to make it practical just aren't available yet. Lithium-polymer batteries are almost there, we just have to hang on a bit longer and settle for hybrids and ULEV gasoline cars.
GM yanked the EV-1 project purely on the basis that the numbers did not work out in a way that would make the shareholders happy.