It's not a conspiracy, or is it?
I have always wondered why a EV-1 from 10 years ago, with 10-year old crappy battery tech, and 10-year old control tech beats about all the electric car offerings from ALL the manufacturers.
The reason you won't see the Big 3 or any other large car manufacturer selling a true electric car is simple, servicing costs. There are no spark-plugs, oil changes, clutch replacements, bearing replacements, belts, lifters, rods, u-joints, or any other of the hundreds of things that complicate a ICE car to go wrong and need replacing on an electric car. The VOLT and other hybrids are a wet dream to car companies, twice the complexity equals twice the number of things that need repairing.
Also the 3-billion dollar a year PROFITS from each oil company could never cause them to spread crap statistics or buy up any competing tech and keep it locked away, or try to influence laws. Oil companies are owned by wonderful people that care nothing for money, they always work in the best interest to their fellow man, right?
Hydrogen is the carrot on the end of the stick that the oil companies are holding in front of our heads, it will always be out of reach, it takes too much energy to make, it can't be compressed easily and there will never be enough service stations. But we sure do hear lots of great things about it all the time don't we? Plus, it's still an ICE. 1kw to make 700w worth of hydrogen, to get 70w of usable energy to the tires, sounds like a great idea? I don't think so.
The power grid cannot support all these EVs, bla bla bla, so what? Of course it can't, there are lots of reasons we need to update our electric grids, EVs are only one of them. Trees, drunk drivers, lightning, and A/C units can all take out a whole country's power grid, and people think there is nothing wrong with that? They need a good upgrade anyway.
Coal is dirty, bla bla bla. Yep, but it's in one place (ok not one place, but it's less then millions right?), and it's a lot easier to clean up a few sources than it is to fix millions of little sources.
Batteries are made with radioactive spider venom, bad for the environment and will kill us all if thrown in a river, bla, bla... So recycle them, it's not like batteries are breaking into houses at night and shiving the elderly, plus the metal in them is expensive, why would we not recycle them? Stoopid argument.
There is plenty of oil, bla bla bla.. Great, but lets agree at the very least that it's finite, and most of it is hard to get to, or in countries I would rather not be giving billions of dollars to, or in places where accidents can be hard to fix and cause an environmental disaster. It's way past time to ween ourselves off it.
Bio-diesel is swell, bla bla bla.. Unless you live in a country that lives off corn, then your food prices triple, and you all die. Great!
There are so many possibilities with solar, wind, tidal energy sources. They will only get better, and we will only make them better when the need arrives, but the need will never arrive if we don't start trying to build and drive fully electric cars. The Tesla cars are not perfect, but it's a start, and everything has to start somewhere. 90% of people would be just fine on a daily basis with a Tesla car, and if they ever sell a little "gas powered travel trailer generator" to tow behind it, we could use it for that other 1% of the time, on vacation.