"Yes dear, the battery in the car is flat, I've just got to wait an hour for it to charge, then I'll be on my way home..."
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Battery powered cars will never become popular. Who wants to wait hours (or even tens of minutes) to recharge a battery? Hydrogen powered cars are the future, not battery powered cars. Honda have already created a car that runs off hydrogen: http://automobiles.honda.com/fcx-clarity/