Anyone can steal technology it is what it is, what you cant do is steal trillions of dollars of infrastructure. Its just physically impossible The use military strategically planned for critical elements of the internet's infrastructure to be located within the U.S. for the explicit reason of maintaining control despite jackasses from elsewhere whining.
Literally go build the internet over again. Try. I dare you. I don't give a fuck whatever nation you are part of. Hell even the whole EU could try and no one would give a slightest fuck. Your idea of internet freedom simply does not matter. You do not control it and do not have enough influence to create a new one. So your opinion is worthless.
" hasn't exactly eroded the ICE market" Yet
"Are you speaking for every vehicle consumer in the world?" Yes obviously.
"My understanding is that roads are mainly funded by fuel taxes" Partially for maintenance, Capital costs which are the bulk of the costs were mainly sponsored by general gov liabilities. Subsidies by economics of scale.
The only reason why gas stations or the production of ICE's is economically viable is due to the massive economics of scale.Its taken me too long to pull up articles referring to the economics of scale of ICE's so I will mearly cite myself. (the internet is now clouded with references to the economics of scale for electric engines).
Gas stations operate on razor sharp margins. As soon as the market for ICE's is even 5% displaced you will see a massive pullback in gas station penetration .
Picture it as a massive technological hysteresis
Long story short. 50 years ago ICE's would win ~10 years ago ICE's only won due to economics of scale. ~7 +-2 years from now ICE's will see their economics of scales vaporize over night and instead by replace by economics of scale for electrics causing. Causing a massive price spike in ICE's and a massive price reduction in electrics thus causing a complete capitalization of the ICE market.
Its a classic technology adoption curve. Nothing too fancy.
Stinginess with privileges is kindness in disguise. -- Guide to VAX/VMS Security, Sep. 1984