And not from a right wing or “denialist” source either but published as an editorial on September 12 by the Washington Post:
No matter how you slice it, the American taxpayer has gotten precious little for the administration’s investment in battery-powered vehicles, in terms of permanent jobs or lower carbon dioxide emissions. There is no market, or not much of one, for vehicles that are less convenient and cost thousands of dollars more than similar-sized gas-powered alternatives — but do not save enough fuel to compensate. The basic theory of the Obama push for electric vehicles — if you build them, customers will come — was a myth. And an expensive one, at that.
I’d really like to see this type of car succeed. However, government subsidies such as these don’t seem to make much sense even though pollution abatement is a public good.