I have a colleague who also works PT at Ballard and he admitted to me they are years away from anything that would be consumer-friendly. Sorry to dissuade you. We's gonna have hybrids for a long time. Gasoline is dead in about 40 years but in the meantime enjoy the ride.
No they're not!! How mean!! They are ideal for city commuting under 30kms so far - further when battery tech improves. One big monkey in the works are the Chinese with their game playing with strategic rare earths. We need to develop other sources and tout de suite!! Never trust them. They're sneaky, way worse than the Japanese who will at least bow as they knife you in the guts.... Still, not sure the future is Tesla. They've certainly shown the way with their expensive playboy toy, but it will take more money and bigger factories to turn out elec cars for the masses. That's probably you and me folks.
"Scott also pointed out that the plug for the Tesla Roadster doesn’t jibe with the current charging standard J1772, which was developed after the Roadster came out — so public chargers can’t currently service the Roadster. Scott expects Tesla’s 2012 Model S sedan to be chargeable with the new standard."
"According to a J.D. Power & Associates report, 5.2 million hybrid or electric cars will be sold in 2020 (or 7.3 percent of the overall car market), and the vast majority — 3.9 million — will be hybrid electric vehicles, with 1.7 million of those forecast to be in the U.S. And of the 1.3 million battery electric vehicles sold in 2020, the U.S. would account for only 100,000 of those."