Report here in the LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/highway1/la-hy-neil14nov14,1,5822645.story?coll=la-news-highway_1&ctrack=3&cset=true I agree with the great majority of Dan's observations, as I often do. I think he's overstating the case when he says battery technology isn't ready. He says the Chevy volt is a gamble and nobody knows if it's actually going to work. What is not going to work about it? The A123 batteries have been pretty thoroughly tested in power tools and the Killacycle. The obstacles are mostly economic, not technological. The cost of batteries is to be solved through mass production, the same way it was for cell phones, plasma TVs, and even piston engines. No technological breakthroughs (or large government-funded research programs) are needed. He complains about EV advocates who think car makers could "throw a switch" and begin building practical electric cars "today". I'd say in the car business you can't throw a switch and begin building anything overnight. It typically takes GM about 3-4 years to bring a new car model, on a new platform, to market. Tesla worked on the Roadster for about three years before revealing it to the public. And three years ago most car companies weren't even thinking about BEVs or PHEVs. So, when Dan Neil goes to the auto show and looks around, it's not surprising that he doesn't see any electric cars. It's partly a matter of industrial time lag. It's not because everyone is waiting for the miracle battery. What's scandalous is that many car companies still aren't even working on EVs or PHEVs today. Then again, some are -- like GM and Mitsubishi. If the battery technology didn't exist, GM and Mitsubishi wouldn't be pushing ahead with the Volt and the MiEV. OK, I've got that little rant off my chest. But I really do agree with Dan Neil on most of what he's written, and a couple of things in this article really struck home with me. "The cognitive dissonance is plain in the Cayenne hybrid, or the elephantine Cadillac Escalade hybrid (also at the show). These slightly more efficient monsters will look, in some future Museum of the Automobile, ridiculous, a testament to our conflicted times." Also. . . "When I walk through the L.A. Auto Show, I see vast, misdirected genius. If you took all the brains and expertise invested in, say, the BMW M3 and turned it to the problem of clean electric propulsion, we wouldn't be having this conversation." Too true.