I think another big disadvantage of electrics, beyond mere range, is the time it takes to recharge a battery vs the time needed to fill a gas tank. I think people would be willing to stop every 50 miles or so to recharge the battery if such recharging took about the same time as a current fill up does. However, if I am not mistaken, doesn’t it take several hours to recharge a battery in an electric car? If so, I think that’s likely a deal breaker. Certainly, some might use electrics for their daily commutes if the economics worked out, but for a long-distance trip, that’s certainly impractical.
stremba :” .. big disadvantage of electrics, beyond mere range, is the time it takes to recharge a battery vs the time needed to fill a gas tank..”
Right ! You hit the main reason : INCONVENIENCE !
We have been conditioned to the ‘quick fill up “
I wouldn’t want to drive any significant distance in a car if I had to stop and fill the tank every 50 miles, even if it only took 5 minutes. Every 200 miles might be OK, and the best electric cars currently on the market (Tesla) can manage about that, apparently, in ideal circumstances.
There are technologies in the works which may allow charging in significantly less time (i.e. 10-15 minutes), although the mind boggles at the type of electrical infrastructure necessary to support that - we’re talking some very large current flows. Another possibility would be a system of interchangeable batteries.
I still think that, even with all those technological improvements, the net benefit would be very small if not non-existent.