Latest Electric Car Will be a BMW, From the Battery Up I've always considered electric cars to be a joke, because batteries cannot in any way, shape, or form be made to violate the laws of physics. By that I mean charging capacity, durability, and charging time. Couple that with the traditional means of building a car, steel and glass which are both heavy, and add in the weight of occupants and cargo, performance is going to degrade. I was intrigued by the Nissan Leaf, but I think overall it's not going to do well. A few months ago, I read where BMW was looking to build a carbon fiber production plant in the United States (specifically, Oregon) for the purpose of building viable, lightweight electric vehicles. Now we're getting somewhere. Here in Norman, Oklahoma, we have a carbon fiber company that is one of the leaders in nanotechnology. Carbon fiber has superior strength to steel at a fraction of the weight. Regardless of what proponents say about electrics, I think the best bet to make the US energy independent is to stick with combustion engines that run on natural gas, which can easily be produced from waste either from landfills or water treatment plants. I know there is a city in California that recently put into motion the process of converting the city's landfill into a natural gas production facility that will in turn power the city's electric generator.