You're woefully short-sighted, my friend! You assume batteries are improving in mere increments, or perhaps are even out of tricks to try to better their game-- but not so. As I said earlier, several of the upcoming chemistries, such as (several competing versions of) nanotitanate, and nanopore ceramics, and silicon nanowire can be recharged either fully in a matter of 5 minutes or so, or to 80% in a similarly short time, at which point they must be charged more slowly if you want to top them off, but a full pack is rarely needed regardless. Even today's Leaf can be recharged quickly enough to make them quite attractive to buyers, given the enormous savings in travel expenses, lack of need for tune-ups and service, and lack of the dreaded Smog Test.
There are a number of primary battery chemistries, once tweaked to their maximum potential, whose energy density can be increased by an order of magnitude by coating the electrodes with silicon nanotubes (or other materials that increase electrode surface area). That means that for a car such as the Model S that can already top 400 miles range per charge with less aggressive driving, it could easily make it nonstop from Los Angeles to Atlanta... and, rather than increasing an EV's range to ridiculous extremes, the battery pack could instead be reduced in size, making EVs lighter, less expensive, more nimble and with even greater vehicle cargo capacity than they already have. (There's a REASON the Model S got the best rating in the history of Consumer Reports, as well as Motor Trend's Car of the Year Award! You would have to be delusional to ignore that, and continue to believe without basis that fuel cells will ever overcome EV momentum! Critics love the totally flat floors, and, huge trunks in both front and back. FCVs will not likely ever have such roomy cargo space.)
And, since batteries are still far from running out of new tricks, they need not remain the vehicle of choice for the rich. Within the next few months or a year, more models and other variations of the Model S, Model 3 and others that will be available which will put Teslas within the reach of the average American. Musk laid out that plan publicly even before the first Roadster was sold... very serviceable EVs in the range of $30,000 or so in the third generation.
You appear stubbornly obsessed with this idea that EVs are heavy-- that is already not true, at least that today's EVs are typically only slightly heavier than today's ICE cars, and EV car makers already are working out the production lines to deliver battery packs that will be lighter, more energetic, more robust and cheaper than what is available today.
The Tesla Gigafactory will be poking a hole in the whole battery cost thing... Musk's not going to tell everyone of breakthroughs he's putting online-- but look at his past history, and you can tell he's got some surprises to reveal soon. He is a showman, and loves to spring incredible publicity blockbusters at gala events... and if you think I'm lying, notice that at no time in the last couple of years has he betrayed any stress of "Where do I go from here? Do I have any options left? Is the other shoe about to drop?" Anything but. He's been behaving like a giddy daddy the week before Christmas, just waiting to see how the kiddies respond to the toys beneath the tree.
As for your misplaced, gushing enthusiasm for FCVs, there are enormous hurdles for FCs to be overcome, which appear to a lot of specialists in such chemistry, to be ominous, thorny, and expensive to resolve.
Fuel cells might make some good sense for stationary installations such as homes as cogenerators of heat and electricity, but natural gas is still a finite resource, and may become even more finite if fracking proves to be causing an increase in ground water contamination, as well as the swarms of troubling earthquakes that have been occurring in the last few years. Solar power is not perfect, but in balance, is far more sensible than continuing to use up finite resources when clean, quiet renewables are available.
Storing compressed gas aboard a vehicle requires heavy, expensive tanks... far more expensive and critical than the fuel tanks currently used in ICE cars. And the filling stations, unlike EV charging stations, would be far, far more expensive than either gasoline stations or EV charging stations; electric vehicle charging stations are inherently of negligible value to terrorists, whereas compressed gas
stations would become favorite targets for terrorists. Yes, the terrorism element SHOULD be considered and resolved wherever possible.
The first time Soccer Mom and her brood is incinerated in an enormous conflagration while at the local station, whether by accident or design, you'll run headlong into the Hindenberg effect: instantaneously, no one in the country-- or the world-- will want a rolling bomb sitting in their driveway.
Now, the Chicken and the Egg: who will chance paying for the trillion dollars in stations needed to gas up your fuel cell cars, if only a few dozen FC vehicles ply the roads? And if there are no fueling stations, how many people will want to chance buying an FC vehicle? How do you break this very thorny stalemate, unless you're one hell of a lot richer than Gates, Buffet, Cuba and the Koch brothers combined.
Just today a dozen or more talented, exceptional French cartoonists, writers and policemen were killed by ISIL terrorists. Some choose to bury their head in the sand rather than admit to themselves that such acts as 9/11 and today's events were financed by our oil money. Iran would love nothing better than to blow up the US and Israel with the atomic bombs they have been trying to build with oil money. Without petrodollars, they would have no hope of doing so. We CANNOT continue to fund our enemies, and driving EVs is the best way I know of to end such madness. The dramatic drop in the price of gasoline is a direct result of the blossoming popularity of EVs: OPEC is deathly afraid of this trend.
Sorry, but the other problems with FCs stretch from here to Hades, and I-- as well as anyone really versed in the issues-- will want no part of it all. And, no, EVs are NOT the dead end you are deluded to believe them to be... if they were, the numbers of EV drivers would not be increasing by leaps and bounds yearly. EVs are destined to supplant ICE cars: the longer you kid yourself into believing otherwise, the longer you'll be spinning your wheels, and the more crow you'll eventually have to eat.
I apologize to everyone for such a long comment, but this issue is my absolute passion.