The rationale for electric vehicles is so compelling it hardly needs explanation. However we are creatures of habit, and habits suggest buying a regular gas guzzler or "ICE" (Infernal Combustion Engine) car. So think about the following:
Yup. And they've been around a lot longer than you think. See this History of the Electric Car.
As of October, 2017, every significant car manufacturer has committed to moving to EVs including the US Big 3 ( GM, Ford, and hopefully FCA soon), and almost all German and Asian car makers.
The Wall Stree Journal notes that electric cars will be here sooner than you think (sign-in required).
This will have impacts beyond the obvious.
I have a presentation on Why you should ride electric that will be of interest to schools, clubs and associations, etc. At about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes this covers some background, some of the controversies, myths and realities, and the advantages of electric vehicles. If you are interested in having me present it, please contact me by email (my first name at this website's domain), or using this contact form.
Charging your EV at home uses less energy than your furnace or your hot water heater, only a little more than your fridge.
There are literally dozens of companies making electric scooters, e-bikes, and of course mobility riders for seniors; far too many to list here. Find a local dealer.
The Model 3, an "affordable Tesla" "for some of the rest of us", was announced/unveiled March 31, 2016. In a few weeks, over a quarter million people had put down a US$1K deposit to hold a place in the ordering queue. Bloomberg said that the Model 3 lives up to the hype. Then, Musk and company went off to finalize the design and start building cars, while the rest of us waited. Finally, in July 2017, the first few dozen production models were turned over to their new owners at a public event. Just before the event, incidentally, it was revealed that the Tesla Model S had regained the favor of Consumer Reports after an Automatic Emergency Braking update. And again, before the reveal, Canada's Globe and Mail called the event the beginning of the beginning for the Tesla Model 3. Finally, after much waiting, we got the actual reveal which was shorter than we expected, and the press were given more details and a chance to drive production vehicles, and Tesla's web site (after some churn caused by the insane load), revealed the updated specs, a delivery date estimator, and for the lucky few, the "finalize your order" page.
The reviews were very favorable. Wired Magazine called it "a landmark in automotive history." The traditional Motor Trend Magazine called it "the most important car of the century". The rest of us just call it: "bring it on!".