Those knocking the EVs needs to drive one; or better yet, live with one for a week or so.
We leased a Nissan Leaf in 2010, and the better half uses it as a commuter car. The first few months of driving, we realized it's a game changer. $50/month of electricity (with solar, it'd be free), plug it in at home, zero maintenance, and yeah - that emission thing. I still have an 2-seater sports car that's an ICE and I love driving it; but I'm convinced, once the infrastructure is in place (charging stations) - ICE car days are numbered. Self driving cars are also fortune telling right now.
We're on our second Leaf lease, and unfortunately, Nissan's dropped the ball; the range increase in the 2017 models is almost nothing. I've reserved a Model 3, but based on the potential delay, I may test drive the Chevy Bolt.
Which brings me back to Tesla as a company - Elon's vision is extraordinary. But he needs to focus on the business and generate shareholder value - read: a profit. Tesla needs to become an ongoing business concern; he's basking in the money getting thrown at him in the capital market. I mean, Elon announcing a truck when I have a reservation for a yet-unready Model 3 that prototypes have just seen the light of day. Yes - the masses are supporting him, and money's chasing money. But one hiccup - look out below on the stock price. Not saying it will tank, but those buying into Tesla stock better do so deliberately.
For the Model 3 - I can do the math: 350K+ preorders, and per the graph shown earlier - Tesla's not yet up to a 100K+ annual run rate in production. Not sure where I'm at in the preorder list, but those at the end of the line may be taking delivery in... 2020?