there's loads of research out there, but you can sum up as followsWhat is the actual cost in CO2 emissions compared with petrol? And I mean in manufacturing and electricity generation. Not daily running which is pretty obviously zero and will please the tree huggers no end, as they are passing off their CO2 production to 'someone else'.
- if you are using electricity generated by burning fossil fuels, then your electric car is worse for the environment than an efficient combustion motor. this is currently the case if you have electric in say, china for example.
- if you are using electric generated by renewables then electric is better for the planet.
And yes, that includes the impact of mining the battery elements etc.
cable thefts? nope - electric cars lock the cable in place when charging. Agree though, as well as range anxiety you'll get "charge anxiety" ie fear that you arrive at the charge place only to find someone else on there who's gone for lunch and won't be back for x hrs.. infrastructure will grow though in line with demand. expect all the supermarkets (for example) to offer charging whilst you shop etc. tesco and the others will jump on the chance to sell you electricity whilst they are also selling you baked beans.. plus it's likely to keep you longer in the shop / buy a coffee/cake etc..