When one examines the operational history of the Toyota RAV4 EV it becomes clear that the Panasonic Nickel Metal Hydride (NIMH) batteries which power it are outstanding batteries. A number of owners have now logged over 100,000 miles on their one and only battery packs and are still getting 80-100 miles per charge.
Thanks to Chevron et.al., production of these batteries was terminated a number of years ago.
The mainstream press has lapped up uncritically the partyline of the Automaker CEOs that the world must wait for advances in Lithium batteries before electric cars can be practical. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Power concedes nothing without a demand. The people are going to have to rise up in the streets and take control of oil and auto, removing entrenched managerial elites from their thrones.
More bicycles? Yes!
Electric bicycles? Yes!
Velomobiles with electric assist? Yes! Bridge the gap between the bicycle-car divide.
Electric cars and trucks? Yes! When necessary. Replacing internal combustion engine vehicles.
Personal Rapid Transit? Yes!