Driving around Las Vegas for example, and you'd be hard pressed to find any electric vehicles.
With the exception of Norway (which is extremely rich), in Europe these cars are way too big. The rulers of the electric landscape are the BMW i3, Renault Zoe, and Hyndai Ioniqs and several others.
Here in the UK (Midlands) I see a few Teslas, very few Leafs, even fewer Zoes and the odd i3 (which you can spot from the rubberband-width wheels).
I see charging bays (normally 2 bays) in a car park of 100+ spaces, so I do not think the infrastructure is in place to support electric vehicles, nor the mindset that people would be happy to hang around for 1 hour waiting for their car to charge. They/we are too stuck on the immediate nature of the internal combustion engine and fuel refilling.
Human behaviour (in numbers) being like that of herd animals it only takes a few neighbors to trigger the avalanche.
I see many secondhand cars here and can't understand how the 100,000 mile warranty on batteries (eg the 100,000 miles quoted by the VW ID3) will ever compete with secondhand combustion engine vehicles. For a VW Golf, a 200,000+ mile limit is "normal". I can't see how the removal of the floor to replace the batteries will ever work in practice, unless we're making all these cars with a short-sighted view of recycling?
The battery pack is easily dropped in a Tesla, but you should expect it to last the life of the vehicle (at least 500k miles, almost 25 years at 20k miles/year of driving).
Data is based on cost of electricity versus cost of gasoline. EVs have only a handful of moving parts compared to internal combustion vehicles, so maintenance is less overall (battery coolant and brake fluid changes ever 2-4 years, cabin air filter every 1-2 years, tire rotations every ~6k-7.5k miles).
The US is a bit dysfunctional compared to Europe (where they put a priority on shifting away from fossil fuels with subsidies and taxes); regardless, even a Tesla Model 3 without federal incentives (which finish phasing out for Tesla shortly) is still cost competitive when total cost of ownership is evaluated against most internal combustion vehicles (except hybrids).
We need small electric runabouts. It seems like they only exist in China though.
- VW e-Up!: https://www.carscoops.com/2019/09/vws-updated-e-up-offers-16...
- SEAT Mii: https://www.seat.com/carworlds/mii-electric/overview.html
- Skoda Citigo iV: https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-skoda-citigo...
The Honda e's also nice (but also low range): https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/10/honda-e-electric-car-pri...
Imagine going on a EV trip from South of Spain to South of Italy. You are almost doomed
Scroll to Europe. Superchargers all the way from the Strait of Gibraltar to Sicily. And that’s just Tesla’s Supercharger network, not Destination chargers or other charging networks. Supercharge time is about 20 minutes.
Also in Germany there's the same problem: if you see around Berlin, the capital, only one supercharger is there
Enter Berlin. Then, scroll to Italy. Superchargers aren't the only charging infrastructure in Europe.
This video seems to be the start of something
I suspect more and more gas stations will switch over when it more vehicles get on the road that need electrons over gas.
Besides Tesla’s network there are quite a few places that have chargers. More and more businesses and hotels are installing them.
The tesla standard is arguable superior to all others and is offered unencumbered by patents if the other company agrees not to use it. I've had one for 7 years without running into this problem, but it's not impossible. Tesla keeps building more and more stations, but they are selling so many model 3s.
Once things settle down a bit I'm pretty confident each region will regulate a charging standard and eliminate the confusion, but it's still too early since vehicle to grid has hardly been touched outside of Japan and actively cooled cables are not part of any spec.