You guys are completely missing the point of a government project like this. Government is responsible for creating or seeding infrastructure for the future. Private money could not have built the interstate highway system, for example. Government needs to seed this infrastructure so electric cars can 'catch on', so to speak. I am not a fan of the current president, but I support the idea of encouraging electric cars just because it gives us more energy flexibility, allowing us to reduce oil imports from nations who may want to cause us harm; it gives us more energy independence.