Would you buy an electric car? What about a plug-in hybrid that can get power from the grid or from gasoline? If not, why not? If you are not sure, what would it take to convince you to make your next car electric?
Would definitely buy an EV if the price was right. Range not a problem for me as my commute is short, but that means it is not economically viable at present. For example, here in the UK both Renault and Nissan do EV's where you lease the battery, the cost of which is more than I currently spend on fuel for my car, van AND motorbike.
I did run a Prius when my commute was significantly longer and an EV would have made financial sense then, but with bought battery pack.
Several years ago I started thinking about electric cars, and how I would personally design one myself. I thought about it over an extended period and came up with a concept that was not a hybrid (as they then were) but a fully electric car with a 'engine powered charger' that was not in any way directly connected to the wheels, neither was it directly connected to the throttle - it simply automatically 'fired up' if the battery voltage dropped below a specified value, and then ran at a fixed speed (chosen for maximum efficiency) until the battery voltage had been raised to a suitably higher, specified value.
Nowadays something rather like my own concept has started to appear - called an 'e-rev' (extended-range electric vehicle).
I would certainly concider an e-rev, if I could find one with basically the same idea behind it as I had those years ago.
I am partially blind, and can't drive right now, but when the fully autonomous cars come out which wont' require a driver's license (first ones in the U.S. will be in 2019, but all car makers should have them out by 2022), I'll once again be mobile. By that time electric cars will be more improved with greater ranges.
Currently have a Ford Transit Connect and saw an article on VW putting out an EV micro bus in the next few years. Getting vehicles that I fit in is always an issue and a lot of the EV's are too small for me. Cost too. Getting a knee replacement in a couple months so I will be able to ride my bike more often. The Twin Cities are pretty bike-friendly. Like your post and that you are so knowledgeable about the topic too!
It is a potential answer, however like with a lot of things it has a cost, Personally I am hoping better batteries can be made using less hazardous materials. The Lithium in our current batteries is mined and processed in such a way that is having an increasing environmental impact, it could be the lesser of two evils however at the moment I fear the amount of work involved in the production of the ev's and the infrastructure of global electric generation is going to generate more CO2 than it will save in the long run. That being said they are fantastic to drive.
Pardon Me if I Don't Vote in this One... The electric car industry been holding out a lot to us... some their own doing, many the gas car industry. I am referring to patents that will make electrical cars more convenient and are been bought out of production. Maybe one day a city and its suburbs will be Covered by a Power Grid that will make an electric car the perfect vehicle to go around the city. Until Then... I bow to the middle eastern gods of oil. Show Me The Power Grid of the Future and an Electric Car that will Match it in America, Mind You.