I don't buy the pesimist scenario that RC is drawing.
We are in 2016. All combustion cars will be banned from the center of the cities. ELVs are already a reality. Tesla as a single company has improved a lot every aspect of his cars and now the big names are joining and putting big money on it.
Where, when? So far there hasn't been a single country to do that. Not even in the closer future. All those reports about stuff like that are declarations of intent, nothing more. Similar to the Trump media reporting, you should try to understand what the media actually writes and reports.
Two decades for the required tech to make ELVs usable? Lmao, even nowadays you can drive 300-400 km with a single charge and you have 150-200 km in just 20 mins, pretty liveable figures if you ask me.
You clearly haven't used an ELV yet...especially not in a cold climate and not on the Autobahn.
20 minutes for 150-200 km? Wishful thinking. The latest gen Tesla Superchargers need 30 minutes to charge the battery of a Tesla S P90D to be able to get to the next Supercharger. However, this only works if you aren't me (RC) because if you drive like me, full throttle whenever possible and/or on the Autobahn, you won't really get to the next Supercharger.
Even 15 minutes would be crazy: Take your usual fuel station, look at how many cars are fueling up there during rush hour. Each driver needs about 10 minutes to fuel up, pay and drive away. If this time would increase by 5 minutes only, chaos would happen. We need much larger (electric power) charging stations for mass transport and considering the fact that it takes years to build the infrastructure (power grids, charging stations, etc.) and to PAY for it (you need investments, etc.), I think that even 20 years are not enough.
The few ELVs driving around in Europe don't really matter right now and in the US, they have much more (free) spaces they can use for a proper infrastructure. Looking at my town for example, I cannot see where several charging stations would be located, basically impossible. Same in Munich, they would need to be outside the city, which is crazy.
You need to think this stuff through, this isn't as easy as many politicians (or even companies) or environmental organizations wants us to think it is.
Banning fuel operated cars from cities? Not in the near future. Maybe Diesel cars or cars with high emissions but thats it.
RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Porsche 991 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet, Porsche Macan Turbo, Audi R8 V10 Plus (2017), Mini JCW (2015), Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT (2014)