Range has been the Achilles heel of EVs ever since the first one. The problem with batteries is that they weigh a lot, take forever to charge, and aren't really efficient ways of storing energy. Everyone from the likes of the Top Gear UK crew, to Dr. Evil's alter ego, Elon Musk, to the mighty GM have tried to tackle the problem, but did a small tech startup in California called AC Propulsion invent a workable solution over 20 years ago?
If you want a car that trees will hug as you hoon down back country roads, but don't have $80k for a Tesla Model S, then your choices are limited to a Prius (bleh) or some city or subcompact car that's been tarted up as an EV (meh). With most EVs having ranges of less than 100 miles, they're only really useful as a 2nd car for families. As a primary car, or as an only car for us single people, they're essentially useless. Adding batteries to extend range adds weight, cost, and recharge time and reduces hoonability. And thanks to Telsa, there isn't exactly a glut of lithium-ion batteries on the market right now.