I think we will get industrial scale production of self driving cars long before we can scale up electric vehicle production. Even if we get past range anxiety and recharge times, scaling up lithium production presents serious challenges.
And I am fine with that, because what I really want is a car that I don’t have to think about much - just take me to point B. No maintenance, filling up, insurance, worrying about charging. A self driving “taxi” can put whatever is most cost effective under the hood, and Uber, or Hertz, or GM can take care of maintenance and I will just pay for the ride. And it will probably still be cheaper than my current cost of ownership for a car, as they will be doing maintenance, and fueling, and insurance with economies of scale. And when it is cheaper to sell me a ride in an electric car than a gas car, it will happen naturally.
The best part is this whole transformation will do the most good for those who currently can’t afford a car, because it should drive the cost of convenient transportation down significantly.
That’s my soapbox, rant over…