Chris Paine is pretty sanguine about the future of electric cars. In this WaPo article he lists 5 myths about them and explains why using them is easier and the outlook is better than people think.
I don’t have the tech knowledge to say whether he’s right or wrong (I’ll leave that up to those of you who do, because I’m curious to know). But I do think he’s left out a sixth myth. I am convinced that a certain not-insignificant percentage of people believe that electric cars don’t have any environmental effects at all—that they run on magic or they run on air, and that electricity comes out of the wall socket in some mystical process that doesn’t need to be considered in the equation.