Dear John, I was born in the Los Angeles basin before the EPA. I remember what it was like. Yes, electric vehicles are not cost effective at this time. I would buy one if I needed a new car. Detroit told us we did not need seat belts, the Japanese were a passing fad, and Americans liked big cars with extremely low mpg (Do you own a Ford Excursion?). You don't like subsidies? get rid of farm subsidies. Subsidies to Oil, subsidies to any of a dozen industries I don't like.
The difference between the two of us is that you like the smell of diesel exhaust. I like the fact that when I get behind a big rig I am not suffocated by sooty exhaust. Courtesy of that darn big government.