Not only are electric vehicles nowhere near developed enough to replace traditional automotive vehicles and fossil fuels, both in terms of charging technology and infrastructure, but there are also many areas in which electric vehicles may not be the future answer to our transportation needs. The answer to revolutionising the automotive industry must include developments in technologies that are cheaper, more convenient or perform better, and electric cars look to be expensive, slow to recharge, and very limited in terms of the distance they can cover. These down sides to electric vehicles do not look set to change any time soon, especially in regard to most important industries like logistics, that require realistic long distance vehicles, meaning even if electric is the answer it is more likely to be some sort of hybrid fuel and electric solution.
Furthermore electric cars may not be much better for the environment either, at least on the large scale at which they would be needed, the carbon footprint of battery manufacture is too high to reduce climate change and they could possibly lead to further environmental issues. Cycling and walking will also have to take a larger role in replacing the car in everyday use scenarios, for health and viability reasons. The UK's top adviser for taking climate change, Professor Frank Kelly of King's College London, has urged the UK government that not just cleaner vehicles are needed to tackle climate change but fewer vehicles, pointing out that electric vehicles still particulates from brake and tyre dust.