Still only a toy till you can drive to the south of France in less than a week though.
Isn't that a horse and cart job ? Last year I drove a Transit from Toulouse to Edinburgh non-stop in 23 hrs 15mins.
I have to admit to an unhealthy interest in electrics, 2 years ago i converted a reliant scimitar to electric power using a 30 year old 20HP milkfloat motor and a lot of AGM lead acid batteries. It had 60 mile range and did 0-50 in just under 3 seconds, top speed was 65mph...It badly needed the new diff ratio I never fitted ! It pootles about in Cornwall quite reliably now after I sold it.
My current project is an electric motorcycle with lithium polymer batteries...it's slow work though due to a proper job that gets in the way.
I would say that the current sate of all electric cars makes them perfect second cars, the Nissan Leafs and so on all suit that market well. Plug in hybrids such as those in the pipeline by Porsche are the best way to lever in the technology as the battery energy density increases to a point that all electric becomes suitable for all but 2% of the population. Existing plug in hybrids are just greasing the way.
The running cost is the single selling point that an internal combustion vehicle will never be able to compete with. About the only running cost after batteries is brake pads, and many electrics which implement regenerative braking mean the brakes get a very easy ride.
In Japan there are fleets of taxis which are testing battery changing stations and they're working well. The hope is to scale the idea up....creating a standard battery size is one of the stumbling blocks, as is giving the correct amount of access for the robot to access the pack to change it.
The problem with battery powered cars is that they must carry their 'air' around with them in the batteries, in order to oxidise the base metal to create electricity, If an internal combustion powered car had to carry about it's air, at a 16:1 ratio with the fuel then it would need a tank containing 800kg of air to go with 50kg of fuel.
Sealed batteries mean that cells must carry the air, in the form of electrolytes inside them.
If instead the battery could use the air in the atmosphere then it's size and weight would be dramatically reduced. Enter the Lithium-air cell. Working examples exist in labs all around the world and small scale production is under way. Once rechargeable air cells become readily available we'll be over the 'knee' of the develpoment curve...widespread avilability is said to be by 2016....I expect 2020 to be more likely. Until then there are a couple of new technologies which are still under development and will further increase power density.
All manufacturers are having to look at alternative power sources because their competitors are, while the price of hydrocarbon fuels continue to rise steadily
As someone once said - we get fertilisers and medicines, possibly a cure for cancer from crude oil....and the smartest thing we can think to do with it, is to set it on fire